MS M.81, fols. 43v–44r

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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. 43v–44r

Donkey (left)

The donkey, shown here with its ears pricked and its thin tail between its legs, is a beast of burden and symbol of humility.

Horse (right)

This horse exhibits the desirable features of well-bred horses described in the text: tall, strong, solid-bodied, with a spirited gait, and sharply pointed ears.