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This cartouche with calligraphic was designed by Hans Vredeman de Vries, and is now in the collection of the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam [1]. The text (“Yo Salomon Rey de Jerusalem…”) is in Spanish; it is part of a series, issued in Antwerp in 1569.

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The two snails in this design are seen in the upper border, and are symmetrical although there are slight differences in detail. Both are stylised, with relatively small shells with a large aperture; the animals have an eye and two tentacles shaped like pistils.

[1] RMA, RP-P-1977-150. http://hdl.handle.net/10934/RM0001.COLLECT.419040.