Tui or Parson Bird Prosthemadera Novae Zealandiae. From: 'A history of the birds of New Zealand' by Walter Lawry Buller
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Facsimile ‘Der Buhler Vogelherd’, c. 1535 from Flugblatter der Reformation und des Bauernfrieges

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1975

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Private Collection

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Leipzig: Insel-Verlag Anton Kippenberg

Abstract

In medieval times, women had three options – wife, nun, whore. After the Reformation, those options shrank as many convents were closed in newly converted Protestant areas. Reformers rejected celibacy, advocating marriage and attendance to the family as a ‘religious vocation’ for women. Men and women were considered equal in the ethereal eyes of the Lord, but not in the home where women were still expected to be subservient to men and do all the chores. The women, in this image above, have turned society on its allegorical head. The ‘deceptive’ women, helped by the devil (at right) have ‘bewitched’ the men, from all walks of life, into a trap. In a time of religious and political instability, the artist is portraying an image of society in moral decline.

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Niclas Stör, “Facsimile ‘Der Buhler Vogelherd’, c. 1535 from Flugblatter der Reformation und des Bauernfrieges,” ourheritage.ac.nz | OUR Heritage, accessed April 26, 2019, http://ourheritage.ac.nz/items/show/10336.

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