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Japanese kagamibuta with a fly resting on a man's head

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An image of Netsuke: kagamibuta. Unknown maker, Japan. Circular bowl, plain with indented ridge around the top edge and traces of green staining to inner rim, central himotoshi. Shibuichi disc, cast and decorated in relief with a fly resting on top of a man's shaved head above the wrinkled brow, the face cut off at the nose. The man's hand is raised as if to swat the fly. Finely stranded hair and eyebrows in shakudo and copper, the man's eyeballs in shakudo and copper, and the fly's eye is applied with copper. Ivory bowl with cast, metal disc decorated in relief and eyelet. Height, whole, 1.8 cm, width, whole, 4.2 cm, circa 1800-1868.

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Netsuke: kagamibuta. Unknown maker, Japan. Circular bowl, plain with indented ridge around the top edge and traces of green staining to inner rim, central himotoshi. Shibuichi disc, cast and decorated in relief with a fly resting on top of a man's shaved head above the wrinkled brow, the face cut off at the nose. The man's hand is raised as if to swat the fly. Finely stranded hair and eyebrows in shakudo and copper, the man's eyeballs in shakudo and copper, and the fly's eye is applied with copper. Ivory bowl with cast, metal disc decorated in relief and eyelet. Height, whole, 1.8 cm, width, whole, 4.2 cm, circa 1800-1868.

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  • Accession Number: O.37-1991
  • Photograph copyright © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
  • Aperture: f/32.0
  • Focal length: 100
  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D
  • Photographer name: Image Library; Fitzwilliam Museum
  • Image height: 955 pixels
  • Image width: 1024 pixels
  • Processed with: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.0 (Windows)
  • Filesize: 92.55kB
  • Exposure time: 1/30
  • ISO Speed: 100
  • Fnumber: 32/1
  • Captured: 2000:01:01 17:25:07

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19th Century cast circular copper disc disk faces facial expressions Fitz_AA flies fly himotoshi insects ivory Japanese kagamibuta male man metalwork netsuke relief round shakudo Shibuichi disc

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