Man Striking the Gong During the Solar Eclipse
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The man is depicted in profile to the right. He is dressed in casual clothes and wearing black fabric shoes with the toes bent upward. The man's head is raised up and shaved bald, with two thin strands of hair at the occiput, wrapping around the top of his head. The man strikes the gong with a short stick. The etching comes from the album "Customs and National Costumes of the Chinese," which includes 60 images of Chinese people engaged in various activities. Each image is accompanied by an explanation in German and some in French. In the 18th century, artists in Canton (Guangzhou) in southern China created these paintings for Europeans eager to learn more about China and its people.
In the lower left corner there is a calligraphic inscription: "Pu-Qua.Canton. Delin." made in Indian ink. In the lower right corner there is an inscription: "Dadley.London.Sculpt". In the top right corner – number "16".