Because the neck of the mammonetus as large as its head, it cannot be leashed by its neck, so it is tied around the belly to prevent its escape. It has a black face very similar to a human face.
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Koninklijke Bibliotheek - Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts
Koninklijke Bibliotheek, KB, KA 16 (Der Naturen Bloeme), folio 64r
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November 6, 2023