Dragon Illustration in a 14thC Ruth Text

Noodling around on the British Museum catalogue of illuminated manuscripts I came cross this curious dragon drawn in a 14th century Machzor next to the opening of the Book of Ruth. From the site:

TitleBiblical readings from a festival prayer book (mahzor): Song of Songs, Ruth, Ecclesiastes, Lamentations
OriginGermany
Date1309
LanguageHebrew
ScriptAshkenazi square script, punctuated; Ashkenazi semi-cursive script, unpunctuated
ScribeSolomon ben Jehiel
ArtistsDecoration probably by the scribe.
Pen drawn dragon next to the initial word of the Book of Ruth.

Update: There seem to be quite a few associated with Ruth! I found this one in another 14th century Mahzor as well. This MS is “Additional 26896; Festival prayer book (mahzor) for the Special Shabbatot, Passover, Shavuot with the Book of Ruth, and Ninth of Av with the Book of Lamentations, Ashkenazi rite (aka ‘Tinted Mahzor’); Germany; 1st half of the 14th century.”

 

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