(b. 1626, Leiden, d. 1679, Leiden)

Rommelpot Player

Oil on canvas, 57 x 42 cm
Private collection

The subject is the celebration of Vastenavond (Shrove Tuesday), the festival preceding the period of Lent. It is celebrated in some countries by consuming pancakes. The boy at left plays a rommelpot, the small girl joyously holds aloft a waffle.

The rommelpot is a Dutch friction drum, in which the sound is primarily produced by the vibration of a tightly stretched membrane. The instrument shown in the present painting consists of an animal bladder stretched across an earthenware pot or jug and manipulated by a reed stick. It made a particularly raucous sound.