MS M.81, fols. 48v–49r

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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. 48v–49r


Thought to be capable of conceiving without copulation, vultures could symbolize the Immaculate Conception; as carrion-eaters, however, they could also symbolize sinners who follow the Devil.