11 april 2014

gaper


The Zuiderzeemuseum in Enkhuizen has a nice collection of 'gapers'. A gaper is a stone or wooden head on the front of a building in the Netherlands, indicating that this building is a pharmacy. The literal translation would be 'yawner', as the figure is always displayed with an open mouth, and sometimes you can see a pill he has taken resting on his tongue. In fact he wasn't yawning, but opening his mouth to take medicine.

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  1. A very interesting bit of information about tradition in your country. I makes the pharmacies here in Canada look boring.

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  2. Heb ze ook gezien. Erg leuk en vraag me af hoeveel er nog echt aan de gevel van een apotheek zitten.

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  3. Actually, I'm now even MORE happy my pharmacy is boring.

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  4. what a noise there is.
    lovely image.

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  5. Missed out visiting this place. Must have been interesting to see the collection inside.

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