Stock ID #157325
Black-and-white handbill size print depicting a Chinese man from Nanjing in the Qing Dynasty. Lightly browned, few small holes, all but one in the left margin, a good copy. 23 x 30cm. This black and white image of a Qing dynasty man is accompanied by extensive text. On one section of the sheet the text lists the menu for a pleasure house in Yokohama, while the other gives a description of the man depicted. The names of dishes listed are clearly derived from their Dutch names and are quite fascinating linguistically, culturally and historically. For example, the first dish is a soup, "Hasuteisoppu" with ingredients of chicken paste, shiitake mushroom, dried konnyaku, stirred eggs, and shallots. The note beside the listing of this dish says: "It is clear soup flavoured with salt." The second dish is "Kokutohisu" accompanied by an explanatory note: "It is grilled fish." "Hisu" is "fish" ["vis" in Dutch.] A dish of lobster soup is listed as "Kerehitosoppu". "Kerehito" meaning "lobster ["kreeft" in Dutch]".
Japanese text also accompanies the image of the Chinese man. Translated this reads "[He is] a man from Yangzhejiang 揚折江, Nanjing. His name is Rin Hōchū 林鳳忠 [Lin Fengzhong in Chinese] and his azana [common name] is Ukō 羽公. His head is bald, only leaving hair on the top. The hair is tied with a five-coloured cord at the base and hangs down on the back of the head. His personality is decent and no different from that of the Japanese. He is both good at calligraphy and painting. He is forty-one years old and landed in Yokohama. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 157325).