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jester's staff

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1891,0416.1

  • Description

    Jester's staff (marotte); bronze; moulded fool's head with pointed hood on pivot; mounted on modern wooden handle.

  • Date

    • 15thC
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 4 centimetres
    • Length: 31.7 centimetres (total)
  • Curator's comments

    John Cherry ' Medieval Decorative Art' 1991:
    Feasting-
    Entertainment provided by both fools and minstrels was a characteristic part of the feast. The importance of music can be seen in the Peacock Feast. Fools also provided diversion. (When in captivity in England, John II, King of France (1350-64), brought his own fool with him who took his meals at the same time as the King and as treated in a privileged manner.) Fools often carried a bauble as a mark of their profession and this wand of office often ended in a fool's head. Laughter, wit and music created in an atmosphere of celebration and a strong sense of occasion at feasts, and this is reflected in the decoration of the most elaborate ceremonial utensils.

    See also 1904,0616.1 for a comparison.

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  • Bibliography

    • Cherry 1991 p.54; fig 70 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1891

  • Acquisition notes

    Donated in accordance with the wishes of the late M Rohde Hawkins.

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1891,0416.1

Jester's staff; bronze; moulded fool's head with pointed hood on pivot; mounted on modern wooden handle.

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Jester's staff; bronze; moulded fool's head with pointed hood on pivot; mounted on modern wooden handle.

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