ovis
Sheep /ovis/ medallion 6.8 cm in diameter
The greater part of the text about the sheep in the bestiary and in the work by Pseudo-Hungh /III. 13/ is taken from Isidor /ХИЛ.9/ who had derived the name of the animal from “oblatio” — “offerings”. Describing this placid and defenseless creature, the text says that with the coming of winter the sheep avidly nibbles at the remaining grass in the meadows, as if fearing the furute frosts; Brunetto Latini /I.V.180/ expands the story by supplying a few more details. The sheep is often present in medieval painting, it appears in pastoral scenes and in illustrations to sacred texts or symbolizes church flock.