The Vrouwtje van Stavoren is the statue of a merchant’s widow who was never satisfied despite her enormous wealth. She sent her best skipper to search for the most valuable items on earth for her. He returned with grain. She furiously ordered him to throw the cargo into the sea. A poor passer-by predicted that if she did this she would end her days in poverty. The prediction came true, after which the entire town of Stavoren became impoverished.