The Ape Holding the Urine Flask: Satirical Anthropomorphic Animal Imagery in Medieval Misericord Carvings

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Abstract

Presents an examination of a common misericord theme: anthropomorphic imagery. A significant number of existing misericords in medieval churches throughout Western Europe exhibit depictions of animals masquerading as humans or at least mimicking human characteristics. These wonderfully carved depictions include such absurd and amusing notions as foxes disguised as preaching friars, apes and monkeys mimicking physicians, and many other examples of scathing and humorous anthropomorphic imagery. The paper also discusses the reasons why so many misericords depict such secular and scandalous subject matter, though they are installed in the holiest regions of medieval cathedrals, abbeys, priories, and parish churches.
Original languageEnglish
StatePublished - Mar 17 2006
EventInternational Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts - Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Duration: Mar 17 2006Mar 17 2006

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts
Period03/17/0603/17/06

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