Man and Machine, Marinus Johannes Hack, c. 1913

Man and Machine, Marinus Johannes Hack, c. 1913

sandstone, h 120cm. More details

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.

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