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Crickets, Weasels, And Mice, In A Collection Of Medical And Herbal Texts

Crickets, Weasels, And Mice, In A Collection Of Medical And Herbal Texts

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1195

Shelfmark: Sloane MS 1975

Item number: f.87r

Length: 31.3

Width: 20.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

This manuscript lists herbs and other plants, animals, and birds, and their medicinal uses. Each is illustrated, but the representations were apparently copied from other manuscripts, rather than from life (it would usually be very difficult to identify the subjects of the miniatures without the aid of the text). This manuscript is related to several others, which seem to have been made in the north of England, perhaps Durham. Even the smallest animals could be used for cures. Catch ten mice, instructs one recipe, then take their heads and tails, burn them, powder the ashes, and mix them with honey: the resulting mixture, applied for about seven to ten days, is a wonderful cure for eye problems.

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