We’re looking at Pieter Huys’ work again today, although this time with 100% less naked bums and animal demons. No, this is a simpler time, a simpler theme…and that theme is bagpipes.
"The Bagpiper Player and His Wife" is apparently “humorous treatment of the heterosexual joie de vivre.” The bagpipes represent his man-bits, and the tankard, her lady-bits. So apparently in life a man has a massive bag, some reedy bits, and whines a lot, while a woman has the capacity to put away a gallon of lager without batting an eye. I’m less sure about whatever it is the woman is holding. Is it a slice of buttered bread? Does that represent the sexy buttery-ness that results from storing your bagpipes in a lady’s tankard? She even brought the bedsheet to the performance, wrapped around her head.