MS M.81, fols. 68v–69r

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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. 68v–69r

Here, a saw-fish with immense wings races a ship; when it is exhausted, it will retreat to the sea, representing Christians who start in good faith but are conquered by vice.