Illuminated Manuscript, the Aberdeen Bestiary, Digitized in High Resolution


Portrait of the night owl.

The Aberdeen Bestiary, an illuminated manuscript from the Middle Ages, has been digitized with high-resolution images online.

Created around 1200—and once owned by Henry VIII—The Aberdeen Bestiary is one of many of its genre, which was especially popular during the Middle Ages. Given how closely man worked in conjunction with animals, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that such a text would exist. Bestiaries, which originated in the Ancient World, are manuscripts that contain flora and fauna, typically giving a moral tale next to each entry.

Eagles fishing and plunging into the rejuvenating spring.
The leopard
The dragon strangles an elephant.
Dog dropping his meat after seeing his reflection and dogs licking their wounds with their healing tongues.

Source: Illuminated Manuscript, the Aberdeen Bestiary, Digitized in High Resolution



Categories: Alchemy, Esoteric, Hermeticism

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