A bronze mortar, attributed to Frans Claes II, Herentals Belgium

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Origin
Herentals, Belgium
Material
Bronze
Dimensions
12.8 cm
Diameter
15.8 cm

The bronze mortar has a beautiful golden patina.

The gothic text says: “Wie heeft doe make Reynout da Hillebeeke als Bailliu Haeren” and “Wie heeft jou gemaakt Reynout van Hillebeekes als baljuw (gerechtsdienaar) van haar?" in old Dutch.
In between the two dog-head shaped handles, the Virgin and Child with Saint Anne are depicted. On the reverse there is a musician playing the violin.

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