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Small picture of whale. From the Histoire of Aegypt Lb. 2. page 105

Major collection: Hart Nautical
Named collection: Allan Forbes Collection
Object type: engraving
Maker: Place made: United Kingdom, Greater London, London
Date made: 1617
Materials: ink; paper; mounting
Measurements: 11 in x 7 in
Nomenclature: natural history
Classification: whales

Page 105 from a book, with heading "LIB.2. The Historie of AEgypt." Below the title is an engraving, which features five separate small figures: a child lying on a plinth, an old man leaning on a cane; a falcon with wings outstretched; a giant fish or whale , head and tail emerging from the water, and a horse in the water, with a long coiling fish's tail. All this is enclosed in a border which has been drawn to resemble a three-dimensional frame. To the right, in small type, is the following text: "In this Hippopasom the cutter chose rather to follow than reforme an error". Below the engraving is a description of it: "The Infant signified those that enter into the world; and the old man those that go out of it: the Falcon, God; the Fish, hatred; because they hated fish that bread in the Sea, which symbolized Typhon: and by the Riuer [River] horse, murder, impudence, violence, and iniustice [injustice]; for they say that he killeth his sire, and rauisheth [ravisheth] his owne dam: which put together importeth; O you that enter the world, and go out of it; God hateth iniustice." This is followed by a discussion of the Pharoahs.


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