Click here for a SLIDESHOW of all the Kalila-wa-Dimna images from this manuscript. Even though the manuscript is damaged, it is very beautiful, I think!
M0631 = Perry609. Source: Liber Kalilae et Dimnae Prologue 3.10 (shortened). This is Perry 609. This story is often accompanied by elaborate allegorical explanations. For example, the white mouse and the black mouse are a symbol of time, i.e. the alternation of day and night, gnawing away at the world’s existence. The story is Indian in origin, and can already be found in the Mahabharata, Book 11.5.