Engraving, Pieter van der Heyden after a design by Pieter Bruegel, Antwerp, 1559. Period coloring, restored.
Fine art replica giclée print © 2020 by Allen Bjorkman
The Stone Surgery
Image Dimensions: 15 3/8 x 10 3/4 inches
Matted Dimensions: 19 7/8 x 15 1/4 inches
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A witch and her assistants prepare to cut stones of foolishness out of the heads of the victims in the foreground, while a crowd gathers around them to witness the surgery. The phrase "dumb as a box of rocks" is still in use.