sirena serpens
Snake siren /sirena serpens/ 10×3 cm
The text about the syren, the winged Arabian snake moving faster than a horse, was borrowed from Isidore /XII.IV.29/. Its venom is so strong that a man dies before he feels pain. The same story is repeated by Pseudo-Hugh /III.47/ and Albert the Great /XXV.II.51/.
The painter of all the three miniatures of f.87 varies the image of the coiled snake. The bright decorative pictures of venomous reptiles ornament the pages like precious coloured insets.