Thursday, November 30, 2023


A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.
~William Shakespeare

Black Forest Pine Cone Man
photo by bebatut
I was fascinated by this costume, so I looked it up. The translation feature on the page, which is in German, is still in a very BETA stage:
Black Forest pine cones

A fool's industry from Freiburg im Breisgau, which was founded in 1955, is a tanned fian cone. The theme was the pine cones, the product of the local conifers, and created a skin with mask that represents this symbol. The pants of the pine cones are made of green felt spots, for which jackets were chosen brown brick-shaped plastic plates, which are intended to represent the individual scales of a pine cone. The wooden masks of the pine cone show a men's face with red cheeks and thick eyebrows. The feet of the fools are in homely stew finches. As a noise tool, the fools wear small cow and goat bells around their necks. The fool singing Black Forest pine cone is a member of the Breisgauer Narrenzuft.
Another pine cone man photo, this one by James Steakley:
A few other carnival photos by James Steakley:

One last close up, photo by bebatut:

1 comment:

HWY said...

This carnival looks like it would be a hoot. :-)

And you're right about the translation from the German being BETA: "The feet of the fools are in homely stew finches."