A gaper (meaning 'yawner' in Dutch) is a bust made of stone or wood, often depicting a Moor. It used to be placed on the front of a building in the Netherlands. to indicate that this building is a pharmacy.
The figure is always displayed with an open mouth, and sometimes you can see a pill he has taken resting on his tongue. In fact he wasn't yawning, but opening his mouth to take medicine.
Nowadays these symbols are rare, outside museum collections, fewer than 50 can be seen on buildings. This one is a very shiny Gaper in the Grote Markt of Delft.
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