There is mischief-making going on here! A group of children are teaching a cat to dance, to the music of
a shawm, a 17th-century wind instrument. They are clearly enjoying themselves, but the cat is screeching its displeasure, and the dog is barking loudly. An
old man angrily reprimands the children from a window high in the wall of the room. Jan Steen knew how to reproduce the ear splitting din of the scene.
From the collection of H. Muilman (Amsterdam). Bequest of J.S.H. van de Poll (Amsterdam), 1880.