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Hoopoe or upapa from BL Royal 2 B VII, f. 94v

Hoopoe or upapa from BL Royal 2 B VII, f. 94v

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Bas-de-page scene of a bird (a hoopoe or upapa) seated in a nest, with three birds perched around it; according to legend, its young will feed it and groom its feathers until new feathers are grown. Image taken from f. 94v of Psalter ('The Queen Mary Psalter'). Written in Latin, with French image captions.

In medieval illuminated manuscripts, bas-de-page scenes are unframed, sometimes whimsical images that appear below the written text and may or may not refer to it.

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1310 - 1320
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British Library
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