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ID number:  BIRBI-68.1
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Miel, Jan (1599-1664)
Title / Object name:  The shepherd with the bagpipes
Object type:  Print
Culture:  Flemish
Materials:  Etching
Measurements:  140 x 210 mm; mount: 405 x 555 mm
Provenance:  Purchased from Christopher Mendez, June 1968, for £20

A roughly-dressed and coarse-looking shepherd sits on a log playing the bagpipes while three goats rest nearby. In Dutch and Flemish peasant scenes bagpipes often symbolised male sexual desire through a deliberate emphasis on their phallic shape. Figures of musicians in a landscape were usually used to create a pastoral idyll but here that tradition is subverted through the focus on the rustic and lustful figure of the shepherd.

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