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Drawings Of An Ape And A Mermaid, In A Psalter, Bestiary, And Other Texts In French

Drawings Of An Ape And A Mermaid, In A Psalter, Bestiary, And Other Texts In French

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1300

Shelfmark: Harley MS 273

Item number: f.78r

Length: 21.5

Width: 12.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated Manuscript

A calendar which precedes the other texts includes the dedication of the church of St. Lawrence, Ludlow (the largest parish church in Shropshire); the manuscript was undoubtedly made for use in the parish. It contains a variety of texts, all in French but not all religious--one concerns how a lord or lady show manage their estates, another gives rules for ensuring love and friendship-- which suggests that the book may was owned by a wealthy layperson, rather than a cleric.

The upper scene shows a huntsman and his dog chasing a female ape: she carries one child on her back, and the other on her front. The other drawing shows a mermaid and a ship in the sea.

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