money box with fishing scene

Judging by its three locks and the painted fishing scene on this 17th-century strongbox, it must have belonged to a fisherman. The images represent a man holding a fishing rod and a woman selling fish at a stall.

Geldkist met voorstellingen van visserij, 17de eeuw

Money box with fishing scene, 17th century

The locks are made to look like plaice, a type of flatfish that lives on the bottom of the sea. This species has both eyes on one – the upper – side of its head.

Seeing the meticulously worked fish-shaped locks, it must have been an observant metal worker who made them.

This box was purchased by the artist and collector Cristoffel Bisschop, whose widow donated it to the Fries Museum.