MS M.81, fols. 86v–87r

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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. 86v–87r

Seps and Lizard (left)

The animal above is a slithery blue seps, whose venom destroys flesh and bone. Below is described as a lizard, despite its bushy tail and hooked beak.

Saura and Stellio (right)
Above is a winged saura: a lizard, which can cure its blindness by gazing towards the rising sun through a crack in a wall. Below is the stellio, a type of spotted newt.