[Sca-cooks] Foods eaten while Bathing

Johnna Holloway johnnae at mac.com
Tue May 5 12:20:35 PDT 2009

I suspect hypocras and wafers or wine.
There are scenes showing bathers drinking from goblets.

If you search through the catalog of medieval images at the Pierpont
Morgan Library,
you can find numerous images of people bathing.

One of the most popular of images is that of Bathsheba */bathing/*. MS M
0166, fol 109v shows "Bathsheba, nude, wearing fillet and necklace, with
cloth draped on her left arm and held in right hand, stands in pool at
base of fountain, with column topped by lion with water streaming from
its mouth. Two maidservants, wearing headdresses, one holding mirror and
the other kneeling and holding bowl of fruit (?), stand beside pool."
Fruit looks like either strawberries or cherries. Red small fruits anyway

Call Number: 	MS M.0166, fol. 109v
Record ID: 	273290
Name: 	Pierpont Morgan Library. Manuscript. M.166.

> OB food content: bathing snacks! Finger foods! Has anyone ever found 
> any references to what sort of snacks are appropriate for consumption 
> during the bath?
> Margaret FitzWilliam

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