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This oil-painting in the Rijksmuseum was made by Anthonie van Borssum (1630-1677). This Amsterdam painter, engraver, printmaker, draftsman and copyist has left a diversified oeuvre; he made this work between 1650 and 1677. The descriptions says “Animals and plants. A polecat has conquered an egg, at the left side a snake between mushrooms. Among the plants are butterflies, a bird, snails and caterpillars” [1, 2]. The whole painting is in rather dark tones.

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On this painting in the centre a snail is visible. It looks like a Cepaea species. Upon enlargement it appears that the animal is not visible, and – although I suspected a dextral specimen – the coiling seems to be sinistral.

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[1] RMA, inv. SKA-A-1535. http://hdl.handle.net/10934/RM0001.COLLECT.6170.
[2] http://explore.rkd.nl/explore/artists/10858.