2 a quaint and amusing jest [syn: waggery]
- comical quality.
- amusing behaviour.
- a puppet show.
Drolleries (or drollery), often called a "grotesque", are decorative thumbnail sketches in the margins of Illuminated manuscripts, most popular from about 1250 through the 15th century, although found earlier and later. Specifically images which appear as mixed creatures, either between different animals or between animals and human beings, or even between animals and plants or inorganic things. For example cocks with human heads, dogs carrying human masks, archers winding out of a fish’s mouth, bird-like dragons with an elephant’s head on the back.
Another manuscript which has many drolleries is the The Luttrell Psalter, which has hybrid creatures and other monsters on a great deal of the pages.
- Michelle P. Brown (1994), Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts: A Guide to Technical Terms, ISBN 0-89236-217-0