Teachable Features: Hair side versus flesh side

Sometimes it can be obvious, even from images, which side of a leaf is the hair side (the outside of the animal’s skin) and which side is the flesh side (the inside). Here is an example from Bodleian Library, MS Bodl. 565 (The Itineraries of William Wey).[1] Folio 11r, or the left, is the hair side; folio 11v is the flesh side.

Ask yourself how we know, and what factors might make it more difficult to tell. 

Mary Boyle, University of Oxford

[1] Photos Mary Boyle, courtesy Bodleian Library.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: