Manneken Pis

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Manneken Pis (Dutch for 'Little Pissing Man'; Dutch: [ˌmɑnəkə(m) ˈpɪs] (Loudspeaker.svglisten)) is a landmark[1] 55.5 cm (21.9 in)[lower-alpha 1] bronze fountain sculpture in central Brussels, Belgium, depicting a puer mingens; a naked little boy urinating into the fountain's basin. Though its existence is attested as early as the mid-15th century,[2] it was redesigned by the Brabantine sculptor Jérôme Duquesnoy the Elder and put in place in 1618 or 1619.[3][4] Its stone niche in rocaille style dates from 1770.[5]

Quick facts: Manneken Pis, Artist, Year, Type, Subject...
Manneken Pis
Location within Brussels
ArtistJérôme Duquesnoy the Elder
  • 1619 (1619): original version
  • 1965 (1965): existing version
SubjectPuer mingens
Dimensions55.5 cm (21.9 in)
LocationCity of Brussels, Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium
Coordinates50°50′42″N 4°21′00″E

Manneken Pis has been repeatedly stolen or damaged throughout its history. Since 1965, a replica has been displayed[6] with the original stored in the Brussels City Museum.[7] It is one of the best-known symbols of Brussels and Belgium, inspiring many imitations and similar statues.[8][9] The figure is regularly dressed up and its wardrobe consists of around one thousand different costumes. Due to its self-derisive nature, it is also an example of belgitude (French; lit.'Belgianness'),[10] as well as of folk humour (zwanze) popular in Brussels.[11][12]

Manneken Pis is approximately five minutes' walk from the Grand-Place/Grote Markt (Brussels' main square), at the junction of the Rue du Chêne/Eikstraat and the pedestrian Rue de l'Étuve/Stoofstraat.[4] This site is served by the premetro (underground tram) station Bourse/Beurs (on lines 3 and 4), as well as the bus stops Grand-Place/Grote Markt (on line 95)[13] and Cesar de Paepe (on lines 33 and 48).[14]