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  • Collection: Cervus, Asinus, and Onager & Bonasus

Aldrovandis-Onager.jpg
"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.jpg
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.jpg
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 crop.jpg
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 Noe, Page_61_Illustrations.jpg
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…
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