Dwarfs as jesters

Dwarfs as jesters

There is considerable overlap in the role and status of court dwarfs and jesters, and many jesters were dwarfs, perhaps most notably in Europe.  Even though some Chinese jesters were also dwarfs, such as You Shi 優施 and You Zhan 優旃, this bold assertion is striking,...
How far back can we go?

How far back can we go?

The first specific reference we have (so far) to what might be a jester concerns a dwarf or a pygmy in ancient Egypt during the reign of Neferkere (Pepi II, r. from c. 2278 BCE). An official wrote to the Pharaoh mentioning a dancing dwarf he had found, and Pepi II...

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