Man with Spices
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A man is depicted full face with a three quarters turn to the right. The head is shaved. On the back of his head, there is a thin braid tied in a loop. He is wearing a dark green shirt girded with a blue wide belt, gray breeches with a purple patch on his left knee. The man is depicted barefoot. He is holding a carrying pole on his left shoulder. On one end of the shoulder pole, to the right of the man, there is a straw round tray with red pods, white briquettes, and bamboo leaves. On the other end of the carrying pole, to the left of the man, there is a straw shovel with chicory roots and yellow and orange grains. 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 "54" in the upper right corner.