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Folio 12r Detail of illustration

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Folio 12r illustration detail f12r The bonnacon. Illustration: The bonnacon is an Asian beast whose head is like a bull but his horns curl inwards so that they do not harm the victim. When the bonnacon is chased he expels dung which burns a wide area. The illustration shows the wise hunter protecting himself with his shield, mentioned in other texts but not here.

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