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-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…

Two temple guardians

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

Unkoku school

Unkoku (school of), c. 1630 - c. 1660, AK-MAK-1464-A

Zilverreiger in de regen

Ohara Koson, 1925 - 1936, print, RP-P-1999-548

Hand guard

Umetada, 1600 - 1900, AK-MAK-1117

Arrival of a Portuguese ship

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

Inro

anonymous, 1700 - 1800, AK-MAK-156

The Buddha Amida

anonymous, c. 1125 - c. 1175, figure, AK-MAK-294