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Shoki quelling a demon: O.40-1991

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Shoki quelling a demon






Netsuke: kagamibuta, Shoki quelling a demon. Ivory bowl with metal disc and eyelet. Circular bowl, plain, with central himotoshi. The inner rim has traces of green staining from copper alloy. Shibuichi disc applied with Shoki, a bearded giant, quelling a demon. Shoki, in shakudo, has a wide-brimmed, tall hat, and is playing a flute with a scabbard (copper alloy) at his belt. Kin-takazogan flute, hat, ankle band and tip to scabbard. The beast-like demon is of copper alloy (brown) with yellow metal (gold) teeth, eyes, ankle, knee and wrist band challenging Shoki with a sword (?).


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

Legal notes

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

Measurements and weight

Height: 2.0 cm
Width: 4.8 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

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


Edo Period (1615-1868)
Circa 1800 - 1868

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Components of the work

Metal Disc composed of shibuichi ( a pale grey alloy of silver)
Applied Decoration composed of gold ( yellow metal, possibly gold) copper alloy
Bowl composed of ivory
Bowl, Inner Rim

Identification numbers

Accession number: O.40-1991
Primary reference Number: 22224
Old object number: JAPWA/761
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 13 May 2019 Last processed: Saturday 27 March 2021

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

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