Man and Machine, Marinus Johannes Hack, c. 1913

Man and Machine, Marinus Johannes Hack, c. 1913

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This statue stood at the entrance of the Amsterdam office of a company that exported machines to Dutch businesses in the former Dutch East Indies. The Javanese man, nude and sitting cross-legged, symbolizes the colony. The modern diesel engine in his lap alludes to the company’s trading activities, as well as to the progress that the Netherlands hoped to bring to Indonesia.

On display in room 3.1 1820-1950 Indonesia and decolonisation

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