smiling death in a condom hat'The Dawnce of Makabre' from Carthusian miscellany, Yorkshire or Lincolnshire ca. 1460-1500.
BL, Add 37049, fol. 32r

smiling death in a condom hat

'The Dawnce of Makabre' from Carthusian miscellany, Yorkshire or Lincolnshire ca. 1460-1500.

BL, Add 37049, fol. 32r

Ezekiel’s Vision (Ezekiel 1:1-30) ‘Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man. […] As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side: and they four had the face of an ox on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle. Thus were their faces: and their wings were stretched upward; two wings of every one were joined one to another, and two covered their bodies.’Nicolaus de Lyra super Bibliam, Italy ca. 1402.
Manchester, John Rylands University Library, Latin MS 30, fol. 123v

Ezekiel’s Vision 

(Ezekiel 1:1-30) ‘Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man. […] As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side: and they four had the face of an ox on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle. Thus were their faces: and their wings were stretched upward; two wings of every one were joined one to another, and two covered their bodies.’

Nicolaus de Lyra super Bibliam, Italy ca. 1402.

Manchester, John Rylands University Library, Latin MS 30, fol. 123v

conception of Merlin
Histoire de Merlin, France (Poitiers), 1450-1455.
BnF, Français 96, fol. 62v

conception of Merlin

Histoire de Merlin, France (Poitiers), 1450-1455.

BnF, Français 96, fol. 62v

bat-deer-rooster hybridLuttrell Psalter, England ca. 1325-1340
British Library, Add 42130, fol. 166r

bat-deer-rooster hybrid

Luttrell Psalter, England ca. 1325-1340

British Library, Add 42130, fol. 166r


nuns and the penis treeRoman de la Rose, France 14th century.
Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Français 25526, fols. 106v, 160r

nuns and the penis tree

Roman de la Rose, France 14th century.

Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Français 25526, fols. 106v, 160r

Pegasus/BucephalusArmenian version of the Alexander Romance, Sulu Manastir 1544.
Manchester, John Rylands University Library, Armenian MS 3, fol. 42v

Pegasus/Bucephalus

Armenian version of the Alexander Romance, Sulu Manastir 1544.

Manchester, John Rylands University Library, Armenian MS 3, fol. 42v

cup of snakes 
alchemical treatise, Italy 15th century.
Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E M 28:26

cup of snakes

alchemical treatise, Italy 15th century.

Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E M 28:26

the Woman and the Dragon (Revelation 12:1-17)Apocalypse with commentary, Paris ca. 1415.
NY, Morgan Library & Museum, MS M.133, fol. 39v

the Woman and the Dragon (Revelation 12:1-17)

Apocalypse with commentary, Paris ca. 1415.

NY, Morgan Library & Museum, MS M.133, fol. 39v

the Sun and the MoonMuḥammad ibn Maḥmūd Ṭūsī, ʿAjāyib al-makhlūqāt va-gharāyib al-mawjūdāt, Turkey 16th century.
Baltimore, Walters, Ms. W.593, fol. 34b

the Sun and the Moon

Muḥammad ibn Maḥmūd Ṭūsī, ʿAjāyib al-makhlūqāt va-gharāyib al-mawjūdāt, Turkey 16th century.

Baltimore, Walters, Ms. W.593, fol. 34b

couple embracing on fleurs-de-lysTraictés de Pierre Salemon a Charles VI roy de France, Paris 1412-1415.
Bibliothèque de Genève, Ms. fr. 165, fol. 4r

couple embracing on fleurs-de-lys

Traictés de Pierre Salemon a Charles VI roy de France, Paris 1412-1415.

Bibliothèque de Genève, Ms. fr. 165, fol. 4r

the lion kingHugo von Trimberg, Der Renner, South Tyrol 1468.
Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 91, fol. 20v

the lion king

Hugo von Trimberg, Der Renner, South Tyrol 1468.

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 91, fol. 20v

butt trumpeting horse(above: ‘Gloria Patri’ - ‘Glory be to the Father’)‘The Maastricht Hours’, Liège 14th century.
British Library, Stowe 17, fol. 153v

butt trumpeting horse
(above: ‘Gloria Patri’ - ‘Glory be to the Father’)

‘The Maastricht Hours’, Liège 14th century.

British Library, Stowe 17, fol. 153v

lion-headed peacockMuḥammad ibn Maḥmūd Ṭūsī, ʿAjāyib al-makhlūqāt va-gharāyib al-mawjūdāt, Turkey 16th century.
Baltimore, Walters, Ms. W.593, fol. 178a

lion-headed peacock

Muḥammad ibn Maḥmūd Ṭūsī, ʿAjāyib al-makhlūqāt va-gharāyib al-mawjūdāt, Turkey 16th century.

Baltimore, Walters, Ms. W.593, fol. 178a

trumpet monkeys
‘The Maastricht Hours’, Liège 14th century
British Library, Stowe 17, fol. 61v

trumpet monkeys

‘The Maastricht Hours’, Liège 14th century

British Library, Stowe 17, fol. 61v