Indecent Little Man
Public Art : Indecent Little Man
Also Known as : "Neslusny muzicek", Nasty Little
Angel, Obscene Little Man
Sculptor: © Unknown stonemason
Description: A little stone carving of a man baring
his naked butt. The two heads were not part of the original carving but were added in 1937.
Date: c. 15th Century
Location: The bare butt man can be seen on the south
side high up on a Gothic arch of Church of St. James, Jakubske Square, Brno, Czech Republic.
Background: A tale of two churches. Just as Antonin
Pilgram left his mark on the city hall of Brno, so too did a disgruntled stone mason on the church of St James. If
you look high above the gothic arch on the south side of the church you will see a little carved man flashing his
butt. As the story goes, the richer lords on Petrov Hill and the poorer burghers down in the city had always been
rivals. So when they both decided to build a place of worship the competition was on to see who could build the
The people in the city managed to entice a master builder who had worked on the construction of
Strasbourg Cathedral to build St James's church. The builder was fast, efficient and very popular among the
burghes. However up on Petrov Hill construction of the Cathedral of St Peter and paul was slow and as a result
they had became the butt of jokes (pun intended). The Petrov lords were non too please and somehow managed to
expel the popular builder from the city but before he left he requested he be allowed to finish the work he was
doing on the Gothic arch window.
When his work was finished he packed up his tools and left, leaving behind a little thank you for
the men on the hill. The bare butt cheeks face directly towards the Cathedral of St Peter and Paul.
Acknowledgements: A special thank you
Bee for kindly providing the