MS M.81, fols. 64v–65r

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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. 64v–65r


This coot is grooming its feathers to reinforce the notion that it is a clean bird; because it was thought to live in one place, it was considered a model for Christians whose permanent home should be the Church.