the Pipe and Tabor compendium

the Pipe and Tabor compendium

essays on the three-hole pipe

European Decorative Arts

Ape Players Gallery

Apes and monkeys ( there was no distinction between the two) were depicted playing the pipe and tabor from the earliest images onwards. These, and imaginative hybrid animals (also known as grotesques), were gentle satires depicting monkeys 'aping' many traits in human nature, good and not-so-good.      
c 1300
c.1310 Cologne Cathedral, Germany
1338-44 manuscript Belgium
1425-50 enamelled glass goblet, Belgium
mid 15thc manuscript, England
1470-90 print
c1480 manuscript France
1509 manuscript
1520-30 manuscript, England
1531-48, carved wood, Belgium
1610 print
1737 painting on wood, France
1771 satirical print, England
  Also see:
Europe monkey orchestra
England 18th century players





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