Why So Many Medieval Manuscripts Depict Butt Trumpets?

Knights fighting giant snails, rabbits murdering people, countless paintings of cats licking their butts …and now men and animals playing trumpets with their rear ends… Medieval art is really confusing and quite random. If you have any idea why artists were so obsessed with these themes, please leave a comment below.

Medieval art is weird.

Medieval art is weird.

Medieval art is weird.

Medieval art is weird.

Medieval art is weird.

Medieval art is weird.

Medieval art is weird.

Medieval art is weird.

Medieval art is weird.

Medieval art is weird.

Medieval art is weird.

Medieval art is weird.

Weird art.

Medieval art is weird.

Medieval art is weird.

Medieval art is weird.

Medieval art is strange.

Medieval art is weird.

Medieval art is weird.

Medieval art is weird.

Medieval art is weird.

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Medieval art is weird.

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  1. Care Bear June 28, 2020

    There’s a Ted Talks about this. It’s called “What is a butt tuba and why is it in medieval art?” It also explains the Knights fighting giant snails.

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  2. Freddie June 28, 2020

    Those were gay times.

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  3. Godot51 June 28, 2020

    Sexually repressed boredom…

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  4. Anonymous June 29, 2020

    that’s celestial music.

  5. Billb June 29, 2020

    1/ ‘Trump’ is a dialect word for ‘fart’
    2/ If someone is said to be ‘Talking out his arse’ he is talking rubbish.

    Many interesting visual puns can be made combining these two statements.

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  6. Michel June 29, 2020

    This allowed deaf people to enjoy the concert too!

  7. Mike June 29, 2020

    Arse longa; vita brevis…

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  8. ed in texas June 29, 2020

    I’m thinking that the medieval monks doing the illustrating wanted to make a statement about flatulence, most probably among other monks…

  9. Gene Evanson June 29, 2020

    They probably thought the flatulence was a way of expelling demons from the body. Because it was relieving and it smelled like brimstone.

  10. Neil June 29, 2020

    Look into the dietary habits of medieval times and you might conclude it was simply a very flatulent era. Chaucer was big on farts too.

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  11. Weasel June 29, 2020

    I believe it is just the artists critique on brass instrument playing talent in the middle ages

  12. Anonymous June 29, 2020

    it’s fun to pimp the signifant other

  13. Anonymous June 29, 2020

    In my experience the average 10 year old finds fourteenth century humor screamingly funny.

  14. Anonymous June 29, 2020

    Truly tooting your own horn…

  15. JT June 30, 2020

    Signifies the heralding of bull****?

  16. AnonyMouse June 30, 2020

    They say it went over like a ‘fart in church’.

  17. Anonymous June 30, 2020

    teeRump addressing teeRumpets that enjoy his golfing handicap.

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  18. SKubbs June 30, 2020

    Ian James Poulter has missed his calling.

  19. Anonymous July 1, 2020

    Toilet humor never goes out of style. (rimshot)

  20. pjcamp July 4, 2020

    Medieval marginalia was mostly commentary on the text. This expresses disapproval of whatever is going on. Don’t read Latin so can’t tell you exactly what.

  21. james July 5, 2020

    Rusty trombone

  22. frootsnloops July 7, 2020

    Martin Luther actually wrote about his belief that farts dispelled demons. Kinda like a spiritual Orkin!

  23. zeph July 12, 2020

    Mike – best comment ever. A million thumbs up, likes, and retweets. Retoots maybe.

  24. GimlyChowderhead July 21, 2020

    Medieval comic books

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