MS M.81, fols. 65v–66r

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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. 65v–66r

Partridge (left)

This vibrant orange partridge illustrates an entry discussing the bird’s alleged lustful and deceitful nature.

Turtle-Doves (right)

The turtle doves are shown paired because they were believed to mate for life—symbolic of the eternal “marriage” of Christ and the Church.