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Sorrel And Curmel, In A Collection Of Medical And Herbal Texts

Sorrel And Curmel, In A Collection Of Medical And Herbal Texts

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1195

Shelfmark: Sloane MS 1975

Item number: f.23r

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. Sorrel (Oxilapatium) was used for curing stiffness; and Curmel for diseases of the liver. Curmel is shown here held by a centaur, because of its Latin name (Centauria Maior).

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