Anonymous woodcut, Germany 1555. Extensively restored and colored.
Fine art replica giclée print © 2019 by Allen Bjorkman
Nun Chasing Cat
Image Dimensions: 4 3/4 x 3 1/4 inches
Matted Dimensions: 8 1/4 x 6 3/4 inches
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Flesh is Flesh: meat is the same as fish. The Nun hopes that the cat will prefer the fish. Most commentators refer to the cat’s catch as a “penis” but it is a dildo. At least one dildo cart was active in London during Shakespeare’s time.
The Fool is displaying men’s underwear: If the "meats" are the same, cover up the fish! “Fish Friday” was an old custom here being questioned.