Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Things I learned from Art Museums #1

I was not previously aware that Hieronymus Bosch invented the Zimmer frame.



However, his ideas on the appearance of armadillos were clearly not informed by first-hand experience.





UPDATE: mikey in comments calls attention to Zimmer-Frame Dude's teapot.

16 comments:

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Reminiscent of Don't Look Now...

mikey said...

The Zimmer Frame.

A Small Price to Pay for Mobility™

Zimmer Frame not for use by those without arms, or those who may become armless. Ask your doctor if your nose is large enough for the Zimmer Frame. Radio/GPS Navigation antenna sold separately. Do not drink tea to excess while using the Zimmer Frame. Do not use the Zimmer Frame barefoot. Professional mutant on closed course - do not attempt.

Another Kiwi said...

I think those are not Armadillos but armoured canines, The Dogs of War as it were, waiting for someone to cry 'Havoc', as the bard tells us.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

I think it's protection from kidney craving keas.

merc said...

They be Machine Dogs. Like what happens when you get too close to us humans.

wv; seshem, taking tea with Marley.

fish said...

The artist meant for those to be wetas, but for some reason, they keep coming out looking like armadillo dogs.

Another Kiwi said...

NO!!! Not the robot weta-dogs!!!

tigris said...

Radio/GPS Navigation antenna sold separately.

Is that what that is? I thought he'd shaved his fuzzy dice.

Smut Clyde said...

I think those are not Armadillos but armoured canines, The Dogs of War as it were

That is unpossible. Armoured dogs look like this.

Another Kiwi said...

From the dog armour page: Like articles of bagu, this set is of dubious practical value, and was almost certainly produced as a novelty item to appease the whim of an apparently very wealthy, powerful, and one can only assume, somewhat eccentric samurai warrior.
Those crazy guys!

M. Bouffant said...

The animals in question are something that happens only in Texas, & frankly, the less said the better.

Smut Clyde said...

From the dog armour page: Like articles of bagu, this set is of dubious practical value, and was almost certainly produced as a novelty item

Going off-topic here (and feeling very guilty about it), but that whole "samurai dog armour" story seemed like an interesting study in internet credulity, worth a post in its own right. When the auctioneers themselves emphasise the uniqueness and lack of precedents for the authentic cultural item they are selling, and when they claim to have sold it to a "renowned UK museum" who have since made no effort to publicise their purchase, it does not require a full-time fraudbuster to recognise the whole thing as a complete load of pants. But still it has "gone bacterial" as the young people like to say, being retold with greater or lesser detail on hundreds of sites.
Hundreds-and-one, now.

So it nearly turned into a blog-post but SHUT UP SMUT

Smut Clyde said...

I think we can all agree that covering a dog with barding -- whether of the barrel-stave variety as in Bosch, or of metal plates mounted on leather as in the Samurai set, or whatever -- would impair its ability to pursue and attack naked ladies.

Jennifer said...

I thought those were butcher diagrams drawn onto the dogs...

verification word? Pormel...

Meat porn??

tigris said...

would impair its ability to pursue and attack naked ladies.

It would protect them from attacks by vicious naked ladies, though.

ckc (not kc) said...

...samurai dog armour...

...you've really got to be particularly vigilantTM against ronin dogs (armo(u)red or not), and even more so (or evenmoreso) against ninja dogs (and their commercial tied-in products). [call for pricing]