MS M.81, fols. 39v–40r

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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. 39v–40r

Sheep (left)

This blue sheep illustrates an animal described in the text as “peaceful in spirit.”

Ram (right)

The bestiary speculates that rams may head butt each other because of itchy worms in their scalps. Below, lambs march across the page, serving as model followers of Christ.