Drawings Of An Ape And A Mermaid, In A Psalter, Bestiary, And Other Texts In French
Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum
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.