The coat of arms of virginity. Engraving by P. Velyn after L.A. Vintcent after J. Cats.
- Cats, Jacob, 1577-1660
- [between 1800 and 1899]
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Two virgins stand as the supporters on either side of an escutcheon. The escutcheon shows an unopened tulip in a vase surrounded by bees (representing suitors around an unmarried girl). The girl on the left exemplifies "Leersucht" (studiousness or docility): she reads a book, rests her elbow on other books, and has the attributes of various learned arts (spinning, music). The girl on the right exemplifies "Eenvoudicheyt" (simplicity): her attributes are a dove and a lamb (innocence). Above, cherubim descend holding a banner with the moto "Lateat dum pateat" (Let it remain hidden until it become open) and with laurel wreaths as rewards for virtue
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