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Thursday, February 21, 2008

The ugliest cherub in the world?

This one?


Or this one?

Both in the window of a cherub shop in Girona, Spain.

28 Comments:

Blogger lorenzothellama said...

I think their correct name is putti.
I had a boyfriend once who collected them. I could never understand his obsession with them as they were ugly little buggers.

Do you believe in them?

5:45 pm  
Blogger Maalie said...

I will when I catch one in my mist net.

5:47 pm  
Blogger Kiwi Nomad 2008 said...

I think they are both actually very beautiful. The bottom looks like I must have looked twenty minutes ago before I woke up.
Lorenzo, so the lack of shared obsession meant he was always the boyfriend but never the groom?

6:06 pm  
Blogger Rob Hopcott said...

Their mothers are probably very proud :-)

Can they sing, play an instrument ... or do they just look gorgeous?

9:06 pm  
Blogger simon said...

I loath both of them. They are like Spanish food... fat, and oily looking ahqahahahahahahahah!

10:06 pm  
Blogger Ju's little sister said...

The upper one is worse - looks like he has wind. The lower one is a little better - at least it manages a nap.

But I think the pictures I've seen are prettier. And the cutest are the little ones in Disney's Fantasia (Bethoven's Pastoral Symphony).

guicp

1:19 am  
Blogger Anonymous said...

I just spat coffee all over my keyboard!

4:50 am  
Blogger simon said...

ahahahahahah! anon! :o)

9:22 am  
Blogger lorenzothellama said...

The more I look at those cherubs, the more I like the look of the first one.

7:03 pm  
Blogger Ellee Seymour said...

I think they look cute. I've never heard of putti, that's my new word for the day.

9:56 pm  
Blogger Ju's little sister said...

maybe putti could be suggested for the word imps

7:37 am  
Blogger Raelha said...

Ugh. Did you see the Baby Jesuses (sp?), angels and crucifictions too? Those shops abound in Spain / although they're not as tacky as the one in the Vatican. When we first moved here our house had been left full of religious icons which accidentally threw themselves out of the upstairs window.

12:21 pm  
Blogger Shrinky said...

Ha! You obviously never saw any of my little cherubs when they first entered the world..

(ps. I'm back, new site n'all.)

3:55 pm  
Blogger Magdalene said...

More like gargoyles I'm afraid.

6:51 pm  
Blogger NaNcY said...

more photos of things with wings!
you are too much, maalie!

7:48 pm  
Blogger lorenzothellama said...

Jenny once bought me a clockwork Jesus. His arms move up and down when you wind him up and he trundles over the floor.
My friend Mary bought me Nunzilla, this terrifying nun. When you wind her up she spits and sparks come out of her mouth.

9:05 pm  
Blogger Kiwi Nomad 2008 said...

Nunzilla sounds just wonderful!!!!!
As a lapsed Catholic I kinda like exploring churches overseas, contrary as that might seem. But the bits I have seen of Spanish Catholicism have so far been a bit too much for me. The things I found hardest to handle were the lifesize prone statues of a dead Jesus, placed as if he was in a glass coffin, with the feet protruding out one end for the faithful to kiss. I am sorry, but that is simply not me.

10:01 pm  
Blogger HALFMOM said...

I vote for #1 being the best - #1 is a bit smushed looking.

1:54 am  
Blogger simon said...

what is "smushed" 1/2 mum? is that like being pissed? ahaha ;o)

(oops can I say that on this blog??)

7:47 am  
Blogger Maalie said...

Thanks for comments everyone. Yes, I've seen those religious effigies all over Spain. Even roadside shrines where you can leave a flower or a present for the Blessed Virgin Mary to bring you luck on your journey.
That is something that you might consider, Kiwi...

Simon: I don;t know what it means either, but you might get a clue here!

9:58 am  
Blogger Maalie said...

Simon, it seems to be a hybrid word of "pushed" and "smashed". There is a better place here.

10:02 am  
Blogger Kiwi Nomad 2008 said...

To be honest maalie... a flower for the Virgin somewhere along the way is perfectly in keeping with my beliefs. (I did go to Lourdes you know.... in some odd ways I am quite Catholic;-)

10:29 am  
Blogger somepinkflowers said...

good question!
personally,
i would not trust either...

:-)

i will be in barcelona in may.
what else to do in girona
as a side*trip
besides looking at ugly cherubs?

[[ i have storks and such
in my own backyard... ]]
plus,
if all food there is
fat and oily looking as simon says...

then what to eat?

can you become
my own ~rick steves~
and steer me i the best direction?

thanks ever-so.

5:34 pm  
Blogger simon said...

BTW mate.. I was a bit "taken a back" when you told me about Butler!

10:02 am  
Blogger Ellee Seymour said...

Can we have some pretty pictures now of your feathered friends Maalie.

5:26 pm  
Blogger lorenzothellama said...

Butler? Have you got a butler at Maalie Court now?

8:26 am  
Blogger Ted M. Gossard said...

I wonder where the tradition comes from though I guess it all has to do with love, and delivering those shots to the heart, those shots of love, I guess.

Better than images of Jesus and the saints, though, I guess as Icons they can be quite okay as windows of faith, though not part of my tradition. Nor are cherubs for that matter.

2:43 am  
Blogger Metamatician said...

I'm a little late to this party but I'd have to say the topmost cherup or putti is definitely "butt ugly."

10:13 am  

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