Iconography
MAGIC & SCIENCE
Divination and prophecy
LapidariesIndividual mineralsMermecoleon (stone that swims to the surface of the sea and opens itself)
Flora and Fauna
Animals CyclesBestiariesCambridge, Sidney Sussex College, MS 100 (Paris, c1230-1250)
Further details
detail; the name Mermecoleon normally denotes an ant-lion. However, here it is a stone that can open itself like a clam, contains flesh, and ascends to the surface of the sea to collect dew.
ARTIST/CREATOR
Paris
DATE
circa 1230 - 1250
LOCATION
Cambridge, Sidney Sussex College → 100, fol. 40v
Notes on photograph
COLLECTION
Cambridge Collections - Photo: Warburg Institute
Acknowledgements
Photographed with kind permission of Master and Fellows of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge
Contact
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