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Northern Italy, ca. 1290
MS M.459 fol. 9v

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Bestiaire d'Amour: Senses -- Man indicating group of animals representing senses, includes mole underground (?) (hearing); monkey holding hands near mouth (taste); vulture, holding deer in its talons (smell); spider in web (touch); another mole. Fifth sense (sight) is not represented.
Bestiaire d'Amour: Elements Four -- Within frame, bird (plover) against blue background; bird (salamander) against red background; mole against black background; and fish (herring) against blue background, representing air, fire, earth and water.
Bestiaire d'Amour: Bird, deaf -- Four birds stand before man blowing horn. (Departure from other Bestiaires d'Amours that utilize bees to illustrate this section of the text.)

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