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A monkey rides on the back of a swimming tortoise - The lights of Canopusانوار سهيلى

A monkey rides on the back of a swimming tortoise - The lights of Canopusانوار سهيلى

Book of Hours, MS M.854 fol. 161v - Images from Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts - The Morgan Library & Museum

Book of Hours, MS M.854 fol. 161v - Images from Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts - The Morgan Library & Museum

Two monkeys doing medicine - one heating a compound, the other applying a compress. From a suite of anthropomorphic engravings from 1635 by Quirin Boel & David Teniers

Two monkeys doing medicine - one heating a compound, the other applying a compress. From a suite of anthropomorphic engravings from 1635 by Quirin Boel & David Teniers

Detail of an ape wearing a bishop’s mitre and playing a trumpet, from the Bohun Psalter, England (?London), after 1356 and probably before 1373, Egerton MS 3277, f. 22v  Indeed, Isidore of Seville, the expert on etymology in the Middle Ages, explained the derivation of simius (ape) from similitudo, remarking that ‘the monkey wants to imitate everything he sees done’.

Detail of an ape wearing a bishop’s mitre and playing a trumpet, from the Bohun Psalter, England (?London), after 1356 and probably before 1373, Egerton MS 3277, f. 22v Indeed, Isidore of Seville, the expert on etymology in the Middle Ages, explained the derivation of simius (ape) from similitudo, remarking that ‘the monkey wants to imitate everything he sees done’.

http://dpg.lib.berkeley.edu/webdb/dsheh/heh_brf?Description=&CallNumber=HM+1150

http://dpg.lib.berkeley.edu/webdb/dsheh/heh_brf?Description=&CallNumber=HM+1150

Playing-card, the ace of monkeys -- Print made by Virgil Solis, c.1550

Playing-card, the ace of monkeys -- Print made by Virgil Solis, c.1550

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