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This blog is written and maintained by Miss Cuddlywumps, a fluffy-tailed calico cat who is both classically educated and familiar with mysteries. She receives creative input from the Real Cats and clerical assistance from She of Little Talent (old SoLT, a.k.a. Roby Sweet). Comments or complaints should be addressed to Miss C rather than to old SoLt (Ms. Sweet). Ms. Sweet accepts no responsibility for Miss C's opinions.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Medieval Cats Rock!: A Selection of 14th-Century Cats Playing Musical Instruments

Wordless Wednesday

From a Book of Hours, London, c. 1320–1330.
A rebec was a pear-shaped, usually three-stringed instrument
with a slender neck. It was played with a bow, just as the cat
is doing in the illustration.
Marginal illustration from a Book of Hours.
London, c. 1320–1330.
On the left, a cat plays an unidentified instrument, while on the
right, a rabbit beats a drum.

From “The Queen Mary Psalter,”  attributed to
the Queen Mary Master.
England, c. 1310-1320.
A cat beats a tabor while a donkey plays a trumpet.
A tabor was a small drum played as accompaniment to a
pipe or fife. The pipe and drum were both played by the same
musician, and you can just make out what appears to be a pipe
in the cat’s left paw.

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