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Three figures by a bridge: O.41-1991

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Three figures by a bridge






Netsuke: kagamibuta: three figures by a bridge. Ivory bowl with metal disc and eyelet. Circular plain bowl with central himotoshi and the inner rim with traces of green staining. Shibuichi disc moulded with three figures by a bridge over a river (Awo-to Fuji-tsuna). A warrior, his patterned kimono in shakudo inlaid with silver, stands on the rocks wearing a hat and holding a fan; his belt and sword are of yellow metal (gold) with flowering chrysanthemums behind five flower heads in yellow metal. His attendant kneels on a bridge over the water, his head, hairy arms and legs are of copper alloy (brown) and he is holding a flaming torch (gold); the third figure is crouching beneath the rocks in the water.


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: 1.9 cm
Width: 4.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1950) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio


Edo Period (1615-1868)
Circa 1800 - 1868

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Components of the work

Inlay composed of gold ( yellow metal) copper alloy silver
Bowl composed of ivory
Bowl, Inner Rim

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Identification numbers

Accession number: O.41-1991
Primary reference Number: 22228
Old object number: JAPWA/763
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 13 May 2019 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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

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