The Rijksmuseum has the most extensive art history library in the Netherlands. Items have been collected since 1885, including catalogues (auction, exhibition, commercial and collection), collection-related books, periodicals and annual reports.
This statue stood at the entrance of the Amsterdam office of a company that exported machines to Dutch businesses in the former Dutch East Indies. The Javanese man, nude and sitting cross-legged, symbolizes the colony. The modern diesel engine in his lap alludes to the company’s trading activities, as well as to the progress that the Netherlands hoped to bring to Indonesia.