Sheet: 31.4 x 37.1 cm (12 3/8 x 14 5/8 in.); Image: 29.2 x 35.8 cm (11 1/2 x 14 1/8 in.)
Dudley P. Allen Fund 2017.199
In this pointed visual allegory, a king who personifies wealth counts his money at a table while a jester places a fool’s hat over his head. His female counterpart, distracted by her aged reflection in a mirror, displays her vanity in her luxurious clothing, lap dog, and hangers-on: flattery fans her, and stupidity, with a boar’s head, serves her food and drink. Such allegories were meant to both entertain while cautioning the viewer to question their own relationship to wealth.
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