A ruff is an item of clothing worn in Western Europe from the mid-sixteenth century to the mid-seventeenth century (i.e., during the Renaissance period from the 14th to the 17th century, which was considered the bridge between the Middle Ages and modern history.) The ruff, which was worn by men, women and children, evolved from the small fabric ruffle at the drawstring neck of the shirt or chemise. They served as changeable pieces of cloth that could themselves be laundered separately while keeping the wearer's doublet from becoming soiled at the neckline. See "Ruff (clothing)". Wikipedia. Retrieved 2015-06-30.
A lot was going on in Japan during this time period. In 1543, a Portuguese ship, blown off its course to China, landed on Tanegashima Island. Soon to follow were traders and missionaries from Portugal, the Netherlands, England, and Spain. They had arrived during Japan's Sengoku Period (1467-1573), known as the Period of Warring States, which was a time of intense internal warfare. The Portuguese introduced firearms that changed Japanese military fighting, and perhaps influenced the end of the Sengoku period. The Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu unified Japan, ushering in the Edo Period (1603-1868).
|Item Condition||Pre-owned in excellent condition. No cracks or chips. Please see pictures.|
|Theme||Occupied Japan Collectibles|
|Craft Media||Western Style Figurines|
|Subject Matter||Dutch People|
|Original Box/Packaging||Not included.|
|Measure 1||4.5" (height) x 2.5" (width) x 2" (depth)|
|Total Weight||5 oz.|
|Image Type||Hand Painted|