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Monday, February 20, 2017

a cymbal-ic cat

Book of Hours, Cat beating cymbal,
from a marginal cycle of images of the funeral of Renard the Fox,
Walters Manuscript W.102, fol. 78v detail
This whiskery fellow chimes his way along a margin in a Book of Hours held by the Walters Art Museum.  On adjoining pages, other creatures also march along in character, and all together they become a fanciful funeral procession for Reynard the Fox.  The book, dating from late 13th-century England, is neither complete nor bound correctly, and as a result it's not known which prosperous soul got to enjoy this jolly embellishment to their devotions.
Here's the entire page if you'd like to spot our cymbalist above.
Here's one of his fellows, a dog with a set of bagpipes made out of...is that what I think it is?
Here's the whole book page by page if you're curious and want to find more!

1 comment:

Everycat said...

Cripes, I hope those bagpipes are not made out of a puss!!