Topers, Jan Pieter van Baurscheit (de Oude), c. 1700

Topers, Jan Pieter van Baurscheit (de Oude), c. 1700

terracotta (clay material), h 78cm × w 100cm × d 46cm × w 56kg. More details

This monumental depiction of two topers is a symbol of Gluttony. The sculpture impresses upon the public the notion that indulging in excessive drink undermines the work ethic and leads to laziness. The sculptor was probably inspired by a scene from popular theatre, where these kinds of indolent characters recurred regularly.

On display in room 2.13

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