MS M.81, fols. 19v–20r

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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. 19v–20r

Here, the illuminator depicts a scene from the text: when an ape has twins, it loves one and hates the other. If hunted, the mother holds the beloved infant in her arms and carries the hated one on her back. When she is too tired to run upright, she drops the beloved child while the hated offspring clings to her back.