MS M.81, fols. 16v–17r

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Worksop Bestiary

England, possibly in Lincoln or York
ca. 1185
215 x 155 mm

Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913) in 1902

MS M.81, fols. 16v–17r


These sirens—part bird, part fish, part woman—personify lust, and were thought to lure sailors to their death with their beautiful songs.