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The figure of a man playing the flute is depicted with a three-quarters turn to the right. The man is wearing long gray trousers, a long dirty purple shirt, and a short black robe. There are fabric shoes on the man's feet. On his head there is a hat with high brims, which is decorated with a feather and pink ribbon. Over his right shoulder, two blue tied together bags with flutes are hanging. The etching comes from the album "Chinese Customs and National Costumes", which includes 60 images of Chinese people engaged in various activities. Each image is accompanied by an explanation in German; some of them are written in French. In the eighteenth century, artists in Canton (Guangzhou) in southern China created such paintings for Europeans seeking 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". There is a number "39" in the upper right corner.