Ashmole Bestiary

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Ashmole Bestiary; folio 21r: Monoceros and bear

The Ashmole Bestiary (Bodleian Library MS. Ashmole 1511) is a late 12th or early 13th century English illuminated manuscript Bestiary containing a creation story and detailed allegorical descriptions of over 100 animals. Rich colour miniatures of the animals are also included.

The Aberdeen Bestiary (Aberdeen University Library MS 24) may have been created by the same artist.

Hugh of Fouilloy's moral treatise on birds, De avibus, is incorporated into the text with 29 full colour illustrations.

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