Crabo (kind of mosquito) - Der naturen bloeme - Jacob van Maerlant - KB KA 16 - 132r a1
Crabo (kind of mosquito) - miniature from folio 132r from Der naturen bloeme (KB KA 16) by Jacob van Maerlant
Topics depicted in this miniature
Insects ('crabo') (25F711('CRABO'))
This miniature is part of the righthand side folio 132r
The manuscript was produced around 1350 in either Utrecht or Flanders and contains about 460 miniatures besides a number of drawings of the heavenly spheres. The most interesting are those of ‘homines monstruosi’, strange races that were said to live in distant lands and of imaginary animal species. Among them are cannibals and cyclopses, and people with only one leg and feet so large that they could be used as a parasol. Jacob van Maerlant (1230/1235-c.1291) produced a Der naturen bloeme, is an adaptation of De natura rerum by the philosopher and theologian Thomas of Cantimpré (c.1200-c.1272). De natura rerum itself derives from a Greek text written in Alexandria in the second century AD, in which some fifty animals, monsters, and minerals are described.