Dutchman with a Rooster
Edo period (1615–1868)
late 18th century
H. 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm); W. 1 1/8 in. (2.8 cm); D. 11/16 in. (1.7 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, 1910
The “Southern Barbarian” (Nanban) Dutchman netsuke were developed at a time when few Japanese had encountered foreigners. The cock is a possible reference to the Dutch colony’s pastime of cockfighting.
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