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Flowers: O.44-1991

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Netsuke: kagamibuta: flowers. Ivory bowl with metal disc and eyelet held together by a brown shoelace. Circular plain base with central himotoshi. Shibuichi disc cast in high relief and tooled in intricate detail with two blooming flowers set side by side; the whole disc is covered in leaves at different stages of relief. Holes punched through from the front are jagged on the underside.


History note: Henry Scipio Reitlinger; the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead

Measurements and weight

Height: 1.9 cm
Width: 4.7 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

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


Edo Period (1615-1868)
19th century
Circa 1800 - 1868 1868

Components of the work

Disc: composed of shibuichi ( a pale grey alloy of silver) Bowl: composed of ivory

Identification numbers

Accession number: O.44-1991
Primary reference Number: 22235
Old object number: JAPWA/765
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 13 May 2019 Last processed: Sunday 28 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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