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This beechwood plate shows a woman. In her left hand she carries a torch and in her right hand a bucket of water. 
The text written on the edge explains the depiction. ‘Die twee heeren wilt dienen en elck behaegen die moet het vier en [in] deen hant en dwater in dander hant drage’. 
Translation: A woman that wants to please two gentleman has to carry fire and water. 
The fire and the water represent her two lovers, who are not to find out that they share a woman. The theme of the fire and water carrying woman was typical for the sixteenth century. Ambiguous pictures were very popular at the time. 
Last quarter of the sixteenth century
Beechwood with paintings

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