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Cicada: MAR.O.44A-1912

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Netsuke: katabori: cicada. Wood, carved and decorated with brown and red lacquer. A cicada, its wings folded on its back and resting on a leaf supported by a twig. Its legs are carved in relief with incised details on the wings and body. The cicada is decorated in brown lacquer with gold flakes on the wings. Two beady mother-of-pearl eyes protrude like headlights. There are traces of red lacquer on the leaf. The twig is decorated in brown. A natural himotoshi is formed by the twig.

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 2.8 cm
Width: 4.5 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1912) by Marlay, Charles Brinsley


Edo (Japanese period, 1615-1868)
Circa 1800 - 1868

Components of the work

Decoration composed of lacquer ( red and brown)

Materials used in production

Wood (plant material)

Techniques used in production

Carving : Wood, carved and decorated with brown and red lacquer

Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.O.44A-1912
Primary reference Number: 22119
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 17 July 2015 Last processed: Friday 21 May 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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