Gold Supporting Member
- Sep 30, 2011
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Scribes in the 16th century clearly had too much fun with these *ahem* questionable illustrations…
And here: Medieval illustrations of psychedelic animals playing music raise many questions
Scribes............often the Beevis and Butthead of their times.
And if you sucked as a musician you got to wear the shame flute.
It’s a medieval torture device that was used – once upon a more primitive time – for publicly shaming bad musicians and other disturbers of the peace.
The contraption, which is essentially a heavy iron flute – although you probably wouldn’t want play it – was shackled to the musician’s neck.
The musician’s fingers were then clamped to the keys, to give the impression they were playing the instrument.
Finally, just to further their humiliation, they were forced to wear the flute while being paraded around town, so the public could throw rotten food and vegetables at them.