Roundel with Three Apes Building a Trestle Table Date: Culture: German Medium: Colorless glass, vitreous paint and silver stain Dimensions: Overall: 10 x 8 x Classification: Glass-Stained Credit Line: The Cloisters Collection, 1990 Accession Number:
And then there is this very helpful ape, picking (and eating) fleas from a human head – a very unusual motif and one good indication that you are looking at work by ‘the Caesar Master’. The contemporary ‘catch all’ term for animal antics in the margins of medieval manuscripts is thought to have been babuini (Latin) or babewyn (Middle English), meaning ‘baboon-like’ or ‘monkey-business’.
« Chroniques sire JEHAN FROISSART ». Français 2643 Auteur : Froissart, Jean (1337?-1410?). Auteur du texte Date d'édition : 1401-1500 Type : manuscrit Langue : Français Droits : domaine public Identifiant : ark:/12148/btv1b84386043
Detail of a mother ape being hunted, from the Queen Mary Psalter, England, c. 1310 – c. 1320, Royal MS 2 B VII, f. 107v The Bestiary developed these themes (see the copy in Royal MS 12 F XIII here) by giving an account of a mother ape fleeing hunters and carrying twins, her favourite in her arms and her least favourite on her back.