Cervus, Asinus, and Onager & Bonasus

Dublin Core

Title

Cervus, Asinus, and Onager & Bonasus

Subject

Description of the deer, donkey, and mythical offspring between a wild ass and bonnacon on Noah's Arc

Description

This page of "Arca Noë" depicts three woodcuts of different animals taken on Noah's Arc. One woodcut is of a cervus (deer), the second an asinus (donkey), and the third is of the mythical offspring derived from an onager (wild ass) and bonasus (mythical bull). The page describes the animals' physical traits and behavior as well as their function for humans.

Creator

Athanasius Kircher

Source

Arca Noë

Page Number

61

Publisher

Johann Janson

Date

1675

Language

Latin

Format

Single page of three animals: the deer, donkey, and offspring of wild ass and bonnacon.
Onager & Bonasus woodcut: 12.4 cm x 8.1 cm
Cervus woodcut: 4.7 cm x 7.8 cm
Asinus woodcut: 7.0 cm x 5.4 cm

Contributor

Elliot Sanchez

Items in the Cervus, Asinus, and Onager & Bonasus Collection

Aldrovandi's Onager (Wild Ass)
"In 1595 the swiss naturalist Camerarius received a description of this strange animal from a nobleman in the imperial embassy in Constantinople that was claimed to be a true unicorn. The animal was taken as booty from Abyssinia. Camerarius sent the…

Onager (Medieval Bestiary)
This image of an Onager is from a medieval manuscript dated around 1300 England. The Onager is "a wild ass that can predict the coming of the equinox" (Medieval Bestiary).

Bonnacon (Medieval Bestiary)
This image of the mythical Bonnacon is from a medieval manuscript dated around 15th century England. The Bonnacon is a "beast like a bull, that uses its dung as a weapon" (Medieval Bestiary).

Onager & Bonasus (Wild Ass & Bonnacon)
This page of Kircher's "Arca Noë" depicts a woodcut of the Onager & Bonasus. This woodcut takes up the bottom quarter of the page and includes a description of the animal's physical traits and behavior.

Arca Noë: Cervus, Asinus, and Onager & Bonasus
This page of "Arca Noë" depicts three woodcuts of different animals taken on Noah's Arc. One woodcut is of a cervus (deer), the second an asinus (donkey), and the third is of the mythical offspring derived from an onager (wild ass) and bonasus…