A strange medieval practice. The Mouth Kiss (1879) was

A strange medieval practice. The Mouth Kiss (1879) was

5/23/2021, 4:00:23 PM
A strange medieval practice. The Mouth Kiss (1879) was painted by the Flemish artist Pierre Jean Van der Ouderaa (1841-1915). It shows a medieval phenomenon called weregild, also known as man price or blood money. It was a fine or to be paid to the family when that person's life is taken or the person is severely injured. In Dutch this term is known as “zoengeldbedrag”, loosely translated as “kiss money”. It consisted of three parts: de voorzoen (the pre-kiss), de mondzoen (the mouth kiss) en de maagzoen (the stomach kiss). The “voorzoen” was a monetary compensation for the people who helped to create the deal (nowadays, lawyers). The “mondzoen” was the part to be paid to the eldest male family member or the family members who would otherwise have inherited the victim’s money. During a special ceremony the person to receive this money would receive a kiss on the mouth of the criminal. This is the moment depicted in this painting. The bystanders make sure that the deal is properly executed, and the man is about to give the woman dressed in black a kiss on the mouth. The final part, called the “maagzoen” was the money that was divided over the rest of the victim’s family. #Art #Painting #Artwork #ArtHistory #HistoryofArt #OilPainting #OilonCanvas #VanderOuderaa #Ouderaa #FlemishArt #FlemishArtist #FlemishPainter #Medieval #MouthKiss #Kiss #Strange #Weregild #Mondzoen #BloodMoney #ManPrice

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