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Ulrich von Pottenstein made c. 1430 the manuscript ‘Spiegel der Weisheit’ [Mirror of wisdom], which originated in Austria and is now in the British Library [1].

On f. 10 we see a miniature, with a mouse taunting a snail for his slowness, while the snail criticizes the mouse for her lack of defensive armour, at the beginning of Chapter 7 of Book 1. The snail is here a (common in the Middle Ages) symbol for inertia [2].

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The shell is highly stylised, the animal with only two tentacles, plus an eye-spot and lips indicated.

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Notes:
[1] BLL, Ms. Egerton 1121, 127 ff. http://bit.ly/1gbKtIo (26.i.2014).
[2] Kuechen, U.-B. (1979). Wechselbeziehungen zwischen allegorischer Naturdeutung und der naturkundlichen Kenntnis von Muschel, Schnecke und Nautilus. In: W. Haug. (ed.) Formen und Funktionen der Allegorie: 478–514. J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung, Stuttgart. See p. 480.

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