April 6, 2016

2440 BELGIUM (Brussels) - Manneken Pis

Manneken Pis ("Little man Pee" in Dutch) is a landmark small bronze sculpture (61cm) in Brussels, depicting a naked little boy urinating into a fountain's basin, designed by Hiëronymus Duquesnoy the Elder and put in place in 1618 or 1619. It is dressed in costume several times each week, according to a published schedule. His wardrobe consists of several hundred costumes, many of which may be viewed in a permanent exhibition inside the City Museum.

Although the proliferation of costumes is of 20th-century origin, their occasional use dates back almost to the date of casting, the oldest costume on display in the City Museum being of 17th-century origin. The changing of the costume is a colourful ceremony, often accompanied by brass band music. Many costumes represent the national dress of nations whose citizens come to Brussels as tourists; others are the uniforms of assorted trades, professions, associations, and branches of the civil and military services.

About the stamp, depicting a Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio Machaon), I wrote here.

Manneken Pis - Wikipedia

Sender: Ana
Sent from Antwerp (Antwerp / Belgium), on 21.12.2015

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