Universitätsbibliothek Leipzig, Cod. gr. 35
|Produced:||Southern Italy/Athens, 1370-1375|
|Location:||Universitätsbibliothek Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany|
|Dimensions:||Height: 20.5 cm Width: 14 cm|
The Greek Physiologus is on folio 25r-41v.
Physiologus: Free space for pictures of the described animals and mythical creatures. ... The illustrations are mostly executed in writing ink with simple hatching, sometimes (possibly later) colored brown or black, with occasional red accents. Writer and illustrator worked together (cf. the inscription on f. 27 v ). The illustrator Manolis is explicitly named on ff. 36–37 (or names himself), although the remark that he knew salamanders and deer is probably to be taken ironically. Manolis obviously had no knowledge of zoology. The wild ass has a cat's body and a dog's head with a goatee and long pointed ears; the image is repeated as a representation of the salamander. This suggests that these images were not included in the template. - [adapted from Manuscripta Mediaevalia description]
The illustrations rarely depict the attributes or allegory of the beast, and are mostly just generic birds and beasts with little resemblance to the reaal animal. Unusually, there are illustrations of the water-horse, ant-lion, magnet stone and gorgon.
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