MS M.81, fols. 38v–39r

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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. 38v–39r

Manticore (left)

A manticore (part man, part lion, part scorpion) is shown as an ugly stereotype signaled by the Phrygian cap associated with eastern peoples, and which medieval readers may also have associated with Jews.

Parandrus and Yale (right)

This folio features two fabled creatures from foreign lands: an extravagantly antlered parandrus, and a yale (eale), able to move its dangerous horns independently.