A small cast bronze mortar with several horizontal ribs and a text frieze: "PETRVS GHEYNEVS ME FECYT MDLXVI" and the coat of arms of the city of Mechelen. A particular detail is that the founder used an inverted capital letter A for the V (for the number 5) in the date.
Petrus or Peter II van den Ghein was a descendant of the famous bronze founders family van den Ghein, active since the very beginning of the 16th century in the city of Mechelen. He worked there from 1561 to 1593 and died in 1598.
This mortar is of the greatest rarity, given its small size which I have only encountered once so far.
Mechelen/Malines. Dated 1566.
Dimensions: H 6.6cm ; diameter (top) 8.3cm ; diameter (base) 5.7cm
In perfect condition with normal traces of use and age and a beautiful medal patina.