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Walvischvangst te Firando in Japan

Major collection: Hart Nautical
Named collection: Allan Forbes Collection
Object type: line engraving
Maker: Conradi, Petrus; Plaats, V. van der
Place made: Netherlands
Date made: 1786
Materials: ink; laid paper
Measurements: 8 3/4 in x 10 1/2 in
Nomenclature: whaling scenes
Classification: whales

Monochrome engraving from a book entitled "Netherlandsche Reizen", pub'd. 1786; depicts men on the island of Hirado, modern-day Nagasaki Prefecture, cutting up a whale on the beach, while another whale is captured by men in whaleboats with harpoons in the background. The men are either nude or wearing cloth or leaf loincloths. To the right are a pair of Europeans looking on. Title printed below the image.