Tulip Fever Symbols & Objects

Deborah Moggach
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Globe

This globe that Cornelis wants included in his portrait with Sophia represents his trade. He is a merchant who sells and buys items from all over the world.

Scales

The scales are a symbol of the way that God will eventually mete out his judgement on the people. The scales also belong to Cornelis and are included in the portrait.

Skull

The skull is a symbol that everyone eventually dies. When having his portrait painted, Cornelis wants to be resting his hand on the skull, but the painter discourages him.

Three Candles

For people who are superstitious, like Maria, these three candles are a sign of death. When Maria sees the three candles burning in Sophia's and Cornelis’s bedroom, she blows one of them out in an attempt to ward off death.

A Whale

A whale that washed up on one of the beaches in...

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