Telltale, Anonymous, c. 1780 - c. 1792

Telltale, Anonymous, c. 1780 - c. 1792

glass (material), d 8.5cm × h 1.9cm. More details

When the back of the agate is heated, for instance with a candle, a portrait of Hendrik Daniëlsz Hooft, Burgomaster of Amsterdam and supporter of the Dutch Patriots, appears. Also visible are a keeshond and an aphorism translatable as: ‘He lives hidden in a cloud in the heart of the Batavian people’. The owner of the object thus reveals his patriotic sympathies.

On display in room 1.10

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