1400s: The Infant Jesus in a Baby Walker

“The Holy Family at Work. 92. From the Book of Hours of Catherine of Clèves, containing the prayers and litanies of the Mass in Latin, decorated with 157 lavishly colored and gilded illuminations by the Dutch artist, the Clèves Master, c. 1440, in Gothic style.”

4 Responses

  1. David

    Perhaps ‘Baby’ (or ‘Toddler’?) Jesus might be better, as He seems no longer ‘infans’ – but what exactly is He saying?

  2. Maggie

    In archaic language, “Infant” meant any child up to the age of 3 years or so.

    People did have baby walkers in the Medieval ages well into Victorian times. Not just to keep the baby’s clothes clean, but because many thought allowing a child to crawl on the ground would encourage him to take up “animal like habits.”

    I don’t know if they had them in 1st century Israel, though.


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