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A sleeping pedlar's posterior is examined by monkeys, who play with his goods. Line engraving after P. van Harlingen after P. Bruegel, c. 1610.

Bruegel, Pieter, approximately 1525-1569.
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c. 1610

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Free to use with attribution CC BYCredit: Wellcome Collection
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In the top-left, monkeys dance around a horizontal pole, upon which are hung a drum, a violin, bags and jewellery. A monkey in a tree bangs a drum. In the bottom-left, one monkey wears a tiara, jewels and a sword; another plays with a female doll, and peers out of spectacles. In the mirror which displays the pedlar's buttocks, a monkey is also to be seen peering out. In the top-right, the monkey by the shelf appears to be defecating into a hat. A monkey leans over the pedlar and picks his pocket

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[Place of publication not identified] : Claes Jansz Visscher the elder, c. 1610.

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1 print : line engraving

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Coomen sul. Ons Coomen arme sul, was moet van t'ghaen, door drincken/ Soo dat den slacp an d'wech, hem g'heel nam t'affter dincken,/ Wij arpen saegent' haeft, naemen Sijn goet en ghingen/ dat hangen op teepronck, daer om dansen en springen ...

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A sleeping pedlar's posterior is examined by monkeys, who play with his goods. Line engraving after P. van Harlingen after P. Bruegel, c. 1610. Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY


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