The Devil’s Bagpipes

In this grotesque image, a monk’s head serves as an instrument of the devil – a Reformation criticism of the Catholic church. The woodcut dates to c. 1530. The ogham script in the bottom pair of posters, which reads “Fucc [sic – there is no “k”] the DUP”, is not included in the original (British Museum). The modern reinterpretation is by TLO ( The ogham on the devil’s arm is unclear; it appears to read “cussfbelung” – comment if you can help.
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Camera Settings: f3.3, 1/60, ISO 200, full size 3672 x 4608
text: X06360 [X06474] [X06475]

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