Dutchman with a Rooster

Period: Edo period (1615–1868)

Date: late 18th century

Culture: Japan

Medium: Ivory

Dimensions: H. 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm); W. 1 1/8 in. (2.8 cm); D. 11/16 in. (1.7 cm)

Classification: Netsuke

Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, 1910

Accession Number: 10.211.1444


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.