Portrait of Jan Valckenburgh, Daniel Vertangen, c. 1660
Jan Valckenburgh, shown here in full regalia wearing armour and holding a commander’s baton, was twice director-general of Elmina on the African Gold Coast. His black houseboy wears a gold medal with a view of Fort Elmina, which is also depicted in the background. Valckenburgh received the medal from the Dutch West India Company for services rendered. The gold and the slave symbolize the commodities traded on the Gold Coast.