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Tilting at Windmills

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September 19, 2003
By: Kevin Drum

EVERYONE THINKS I'M A DICK....Via Uncertain Principles, this piece of art news certainly deserves wider attention:

[The Ashmolean museum in Oxford] has paid 240,000 pounds for a Renaissance plate which shows a male head made up entirely of phalluses.

The Italian plate is thought to have been made by ceramicist Francesco Urbini in the 16th century.

....The head is framed by a garland carrying the inscription: "Ogni homo me guarda come fosse una testa de cazi" (Every man looks at me as if I were a dickhead).

The phrase is still a common term of abuse in Italy and elsewhere.

Why, yes it is! It is indeed. But why is a plate of uncertain provenance worth 400 large?

"This magnificent piece made us sit up and take notice," said the museum's director, David Barrie.

Ha ha ha. I'll just bet it did. Those British and their droll sense of humor, they slay me. They really do.

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