MS M.890, fols. 4v–5r

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Fountains Abbey bestiary

England, probably North Yorkshire
ca. 1325–1350
227 x 152 mm

Gift of Alastair Bradley Martin, 1958

MS M.890, fols. 4v–5r
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Left Page (Fol. 4v)
Monoceros: This equine unicorn does not quite match its description, which calls it a monster with the body of a horse, feet of an elephant, and tail of a deer.

Bear: A mother bear wearing a harness is shown tending to her newborn offspring; bear cubs were thought to be born unformed until their mother licked them into shape.