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Panel 10 - Creation of the beasts of the earth
Following on from the creation of the birds of the air in panel 15, here we see the work of the fifth day (Gen 1:24-25). In a witty counterpoint to the scene of Adam given dominion over the beasts in the two panels below, the artist here has shown an ape sitting on a rock and gesturing as if naming his fellow beasts - a deliberate visual echo of Adam's actions in panel 08. This humorous detail fits into a long tradition in western art of showing monkeys 'aping' the actions of men.