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Mandrakes from the 7th century herbal manuscript "Naples Dioscurides"

Mandrakes from the 7th century herbal manuscript "Naples Dioscurides"

“One anthropomorphic figure, “mandragora,” (family Solanaceae), probably Mandragora officinarum (Mandrake), stands with arms extended, basal leaves crowning the human-shaped root. Two men flank the plant both dressed in tunics and shoes. Man to the l. is digging with shovel, while man at r. holds ax. Below, another figure of mandrake reclines with “arms” extended, head to l. White dog, tied to mandrake by cord, lies dead beside the plant, “arm” of mankdrake resting on the dog’s lower torso.”

“One anthropomorphic figure, “mandragora,” (family Solanaceae), probably Mandragora officinarum (Mandrake), stands with arms extended, basal leaves crowning the human-shaped root. Two men flank the plant both dressed in tunics and shoes. Man to the l. is digging with shovel, while man at r. holds ax. Below, another figure of mandrake reclines with “arms” extended, head to l. White dog, tied to mandrake by cord, lies dead beside the plant, “arm” of mankdrake resting on the dog’s lower torso.”

Mandrágora

Mandrágora

Mandrake Plant Spirit

Mandrake Plant Spirit

The mandrake is a plant whose fruit, leaves, and large root have medicinal properties, many of them narcotic. From ancient times, its medicinal effects have been known. Rituals and legends have become connected to the plant, a long-lived one is the association between the mandrake root and a dog.

The mandrake is a plant whose fruit, leaves, and large root have medicinal properties, many of them narcotic. From ancient times, its medicinal effects have been known. Rituals and legends have become connected to the plant, a long-lived one is the association between the mandrake root and a dog.

Swordfighting, Tacuinum Sanitatis (ÖNB Codex Vindobonensis, series nova 2644, fol. 96), c. 1370-1400

Swordfighting, Tacuinum Sanitatis (ÖNB Codex Vindobonensis, series nova 2644, fol. 96), c. 1370-1400

Illuminated Manuscripts - Bath House.

Illuminated Manuscripts - Bath House.

“Orso e cinghiale suonatori”, miniatura tratta dal ‘Geese Book’ (1504-1510), Pierpont Morgan Library, New York.

“Orso e cinghiale suonatori”, miniatura tratta dal ‘Geese Book’ (1504-1510), Pierpont Morgan Library, New York.

Detail of a miniature of mice laying siege to a castle defended by a cat.  Book of Hours, England (London), c. 1320-c. 1330, Harley MS 6563

Detail of a miniature of mice laying siege to a castle defended by a cat. Book of Hours, England (London), c. 1320-c. 1330, Harley MS 6563

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, MS 404, fol. 148

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, MS 404, fol. 148