Abeilles et apiculture dans l’iconographie médiévale

Perrine MANE

fr Anthropozoologica 14-15 - Pages 25-48

Published on 01 December 1991

Bees and bee-keeping in the Medieval iconography

The medieval iconography underlines the privileged relationships which have always taken place between men and bees. Provided they are always confronted with written documentation, the illuminations give back the shapes and materials of the hives, the conditions of the apiary location, its protection and its numerical importance. They introduce us into the bee-keeper's daily work, show his techniques such as the capture of swarms or the collection of honey and even reveal his working clothes.


Bee, Bee-keeping, Middle Ages, Iconography.

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