MS M.890, fols. 6v–7r

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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. 6v–7r
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Left Page (Fol. 6v)
Wolf: A wolf pounces on an unsuspecting flock of sheep, signifying allegorically that the faithful are stalked by the devil.

Hare: A hare—whose principle trait is timidity—follows a companion into a burrow at the base of a tree.

Right Page (Fol. 7r)
Dog 1: The dog, representing loyalty, is shown wearing one of the fashionable belled collars described in some aristocratic inventories.