The Tortoise Falling
Photomechanical reproduction of pen and ink drawing.
2¼ inches, diameter
Joseph Jacobs,The Fables of Aesop, p.112.
Tortoise, having asked for a lift (quite literally), is betrayed by the birds who see him as a pleasant meal. Eagles in the southern Mediterranean drop tortoises onto hard rocks as thrushes drop snails onto stones in Britain. Tortoise is shown here falling to his death.
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Scanned image and text by Simon Cooke.
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