11 april 2014


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.

6 opmerkingen:

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

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

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

  4. what a noise there is.
    lovely image.

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


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