Gallery : Crane
One crane always stands guard, holding a stone in one claw; if the guard falls asleep, the stone will drop, waking it.
Aberdeen University Library, Univ. Lib. MS 24 (Aberdeen Bestiary), folio 45v
A crane with the usual red cap catches a frog.
Bibliothèque Municipale de Douai, MS 711 (Natura animalium), folio 26v
A crane (note the patch of red on its head) reaching for fruit.
British Library, Additional MS 70000 (Percy Psalter), folio 65r
Four cranes sleep, while one stands guard. The guard stands on one leg, the other clutching a stone; if he falls asleep the stone will drop, waking
British Library, Harley MS 4751 (Harley Bestiary), folio 39r
A watchful crane guards three others as they sleep. He stands on one leg, holding a stone with the other, so that if he falls asleep the stone will
drop and wake him.
British Library, Royal MS 12 C. xix (Bestiary), folio 40r
When cranes sleep, one stands guard; if it falls asleep, the stone dropping from its claw will wake it.
British Library, Royal MS 2 B VII (Queen Mary Psalter), folio 123v
Cranes flying in order, following their leader.
British Library, Royal MS 2 B VII (Queen Mary Psalter), folio 124r
A crane with the usual red cap stands with one foot raised, but is not clutching a stone.
British Library, Sloane MS 278 (Aviarium / Dicta Chrysostomi), folio 27r
A crane with one leg raised, indicating that it is on watch duty. The "object" below its claw is actually damaged and repaired partchment. The red
patch on the head is quite accurate; several species of crane have such a patch of red.
Kongelige Bibliotek, GKS 1633 4° (Bestiarius - Bestiary of Ann Walsh), folio 32v
An odd blue crane with very short legs.
Koninklijke Bibliotheek, KB, 76 E 4 (Naturen Bloeme), folio 49v
Cranes confronting their enemies, the pygmies, with whom they are constantly at war. This story is taken from Pliny.
Koninklijke Bibliotheek, KB, KA 16 (Der Naturen Bloeme), folio 42v
A crane, lacking the usual red cap.
Koninklijke Bibliotheek, KB, KA 16 (Der Naturen Bloeme), folio 87v
A crane, with its correctly drawn red cap.
Museum Meermanno, MMW, 10 B 25, folio 27v
A standing crane, with a hint of the usual cap.
Museum Meermanno, MMW, 10 D 7 (Herbarius / De medicamentis ex animalibus), folio 40r
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