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The Celtic Art Coracle Volume 1 Issue 7
Fig. 50: Cat and Mice From the Book of Kells

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Book of Kells, folio 34R

A cat and three mice are shown together. One mouse gives the holy communion host to another.  But the host is also given to someone about to die. The middle mouse may well be receiving last rites, unless the cat heeds the advice of the mouse on its shoulder, urging he cat  to spare its victim.  A bird on the shoulder of a prophet is conventionally used to signify divine inspiration. Here, the mouse on top of the cat may have been intended to represent something similar

Drawing: copyright Aidan Meehan 1983
 

The Celtic Art Coracle Vol 1
Contents Coracle Press 1983
ISSN 0828-8321 
All Rights Reserved
10.02.01edition
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