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Dancer and Musician: O.39-1991

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Dancer and Musician




Netsuke: kagamibuta, dancer and musician. Ivory bowl with metal disc and eyelet. Circular bowl of stained ivory carved on the underside with a stylised dragon amongst scrolling foliage. The rim is carved with ruyi heads and the inner rim has traces of green staining from copper alloy. Shibuichi disc moulded with a Manzai dancer and his musician; the dancer is holding a fan which covers half his face. They both wear hats applied in shakudo inlaid with yellow metal (gold/brass?). Kimonos are inlaid with a yellow metal dot motif. The Musician's face and hand, and the edge of the dancer's sleeve are of copper alloy (brown).


History note: H.S. Reitlinger (d.1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.

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Bequeathed by H.S. Reitlinger, 1950; transferred from the Reitlinger Trust, 1991.

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Height: 1.5 cm
Width: 4.2 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1991-04-29) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio


Meiji Period (1868-1912)
19th/20th Century
Circa 1868 - 1912

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Components of the work

Inlay composed of brass (alloy) ( ? or perhaps gold?) Metal Disc composed of metal Applied Decoration composed of copper alloy Bowl composed of ivory Decoration Disc

Identification numbers

Accession number: O.39-1991
Primary reference Number: 22152
Old object number: JAPWA/741
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 13 May 2019 Last processed: Monday 29 March 2021

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

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