funnel> the stone of madness

“Master, cut the stone out quickly, my name is Lubbert das”

A surgeon wearing a funnel as a hat is performing trepanation (craniotomy) on a restrained  subject. Observed by a monk and a bored female nun, the surgeon appears to be removing a tulip instead of a stone, a reference to the removal of fool’s finances (the Dutch word for tulip also meant money). The funnel identifies the surgeon with one of the cardinal sins—greed. Trickery and deceit for monetary gain were considered forms of greed.

Who is more mad, the doctor or the patient_?

(Against the Reformers’ rule… )


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