Medieaval Selfie Stick?

Here’s a very strangely modern image

med-selfie-detail

It’s part of a medieval manuscript:

medieval-selfie

At first I thought it was a joke, but it is in the museum of anthropology in Cambridge, a display on children in history, so look closer:

The boys are playing on hobby horses, so playing at jousting, with their poles. What seems to be selfies are I think thingys to stop them hurting each other.

Yet again, context is all!

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