Chest with nine bottles

anonymous, c. 1680 - c. 1700, chest, NG-444

The box was probably made in Batavia (Jakarta). The bottles are from Japan. They would have been used for expensive spice oils to prepare food, perfumes or medicines. Representatives of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) would present these as gifts to Asian potentates.

Two temple guardians

anonymous, c. 1300 - c. 1400, AK-RAK-2007-1-A

Two temple guardians

anonymous, c. 1300 - c. 1400, AK-RAK-2007-1-B

These guards stand at the entrance to a temple to ward off evil. They are holding a vajra, with which to crush ignorance. Their open and shut mouths represent the first and last letters of the Japanese script: A and N: this symbolises the totality of sounds and letters, of knowledge. Worshippers who…

Folding Screen with the Arrival of…

anonymous, c. 1600 - c. 1625, AK-RAK-1968-1-A

Egoyomi voor het jaar van de os

anonymous, 1793, print, RP-P-2006-109

Dorpje in de mist

anonymous, c. 1790 - c. 1800, print, RP-P-1991-635

Bowl on three legs with animal…

anonymous, anonymous, c. 1700 - c. 1799, bowl, AK-MAK-849

Buitenlandse schepen in de haven…

anonymous, 1800 - 1850, print, RP-P-1956-461

Tea caddy with a black glaze

anonymous, anonymous, c. 1700 - c. 1850, AK-MAK-785

Japan, makemono met schatten…

anonymous, 1790, hanging scroll, AK-MAK-1383