Illustrated Tiger and a Knight

c.1225 - 1250

Illustrated Tiger and a Knight


  • Intro

    This is a page from a medieval bestiary, a type of book that gathers together descriptions of different animals, from ordinary creatures such as goats and bees to fantastical beasts including griffins, mermaids and unicorns.


    This illustration shows a knight stealing a tiger cub from its mother. The text above tells the reader that a tiger can run faster than a knight on a horse. The knight overcomes this problem by throwing a mirror to the tiger, who stops and looks at the reflection, thinking she is looking at her own cub.


    Shelfmark: Harley 4751, f. 3v.

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