French bronze figure of ‘ Triboulet’.

August 28, 2019 12:59 pm Published by

A French bronze figure, entitled ‘ Triboulet’, c. 1870. The jester seated cross legged upon a cushioned stool, wearing Medieval costume. The base inscribed ‘ Triboulet’

Triboulet (1479–1536) was a microcephalic jester of kings Louis XII and Francis I of France.

He appears in Book 3 of François Rabelais’s Pantagrueline chronicles. He appears in Victor Hugo’s Le Roi s’amuse and its opera version, Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto: “Rigoletto” was a blend of “Triboulet” and French rigoler (to laugh), intending to deflect the censorship that Hugo’s work had received. A triboulet, a jester dressed entirely in red, is a character associated with the carnival of Monthey in Switzerland.

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