Plate with Wife Beating Husband

Sam Warnke


Operations Associate

Something was in the water in the 15th century, people LOVED them a raunchy joke. This plate would have been used either to hold food (we’d like to imagine something super Medieval like a pig’s head) or as a water basin. Call it the equivalent of...

Something was in the water in the 15th century, people LOVED them a raunchy joke. This plate would have been used either to hold food (we’d like to imagine something super Medieval like a pig’s head) or as a water basin. Call it the equivalent of 15th century extreme Cracker Jack. 

It depicts a husband holding the tools his wife would typically use to spin wool by hand. He, however, is doing such a bad job that his saucy wife is beating his (bare) butt so hard that the hat is flying off of his head. This would have been hilariously satirical both because the process of hand spinning would have been considered outdated and because hubby is doing a ‘woman’s job’ and sucking at it big time. 

Check this work out in Gallery 307 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (between Medieval and the American Wing), nobody ever stops there and this plate needs some new friends. 

Link to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s page on the piece: http://www.metmuseum.org/Collections/search-the-collections/170008621

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