These 15th-century images are from four different musical books used in a church setting. The individuals who decorated these pages - the top three were likely done by the same person - obviously had a blast doing so. They show us someone taking a bite from his own nose; a red-lipped man singing with his mouth wide open; a person licking the staffs; and someone eating the last note of the tune. The heads are entertaining as they are, but their interaction with the musical setting adds to the amusement. Particularly entertaining is the person eating the last note on the page: with his perfect teeth he is about to make the song incomplete. Will he beat the book’s reader to the punch?
Pics: Aix-en-Provence, Bibliothèque municipale, MSS 1342, 1386, 1540 and 1549.