Perplexing Pictures In Manuscripts 5.
|British Library Additional 14761 f. 30v
c. 1340 Spain, N. E., Catalonia (Barcelona)
I was surfing the British Library’s manuscript collection again for possible pictures to use on a scroll and noticed the cute bunnies in the manuscripts. Especially in the 14th century. So many, they weirdly multiplied like rabbits.
|British Library’s Royal MS 10 E IV|
It is strange to me why a Medieval scribe would excruciatingly detail pictures in a manuscript then bizarrely include weird, crude bunny and other images in the near-by margins. Though perplexing the revenge bunnies do amuse me as they probably did the Medieval reader too.
But be careful which bunny images you choose to use in your scroll as their meaning may be construed as different than what they appear to show. For Medieval scribes, the margins were a safe space where they could critique and question society. Is that what you want to do?
Leave a Reply