Yeah, interesting article -- and vids on Japanese art. Thanks.
Here's some more discussion on Randall's snail article, with links to other animal pics:https://www.google.com/amp/s/redditblog ... urope/amp/
The Kickstarter appears to have been successful, though the figs aren't out yet. So maybe we'll see some of those cats, and other "marginal" creatures.
Edit: Looking at the figures again started "The Hunter's Funeral Procession" from Maher's Symphony No. 1 playing in my head, for some reason.https://youtu.be/0z8y1K0DLdo
Maybe the reason is the Moritz von Schwind work shown in the vid, which is cited as Mahler's inspiration. It was an illustration for "a German book of folktales"; Das Knaben Wunderhorn, maybe? That would make sense, as Mahler wrote a number of pieces based on that work, which was a favorite of his.
Von Schwind was part of the Romantic movement in 19th century Germany, and did a lot of paintings on Medieval subjects, which leads me to wonder if he studied those marginalia.
OTOH, there's a ballad (with many variants) from Slovenia on the same subject, which inspired folk artists. Tinypic seems to be asleep, so I can't post any right now, but there's an example here:https://dianelefer.wordpress.com/tag/hunters-funeral/
The ones I've seen are certainly reminiscent of the Medieval manuscripts.
My, this thread has sent me down some strange rabbit holes.