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Raiden the Thunder God with his drum: O.46-1991

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Raiden the Thunder God with his drum


Maker: Teiji (Uncertain)
Maker: Sadaji (Uncertain)




Netsuke: katabori: Raiden the Thunder God with his drum. Earthenware and wood; circular with moulded relief and glazed. Raiden is sitting on his haunches with his knees up and his raised left hand holding on to the clouds; his drum is strapped to his back and he peers down through a hole in the clouds. Most of the glaze seems to have worn off, yet green clouds, a red band on the drum and white glazed eyes, back pack and shorts are still visible. There are possible traces of gold lacquer on his arms and the back of his head. Circular himotoshi just off centre.


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: 1.8 cm
Width: 3.4 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


Edo Period (1615-1868)#
19th Century, Mid#
Circa 1830 CE - 1870 CE


Teiji or Sadaji

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of gold lacquer glaze
Part composed of wood (plant material) earthenware

Identification numbers

Accession number: O.46-1991
Primary reference Number: 22257
Old object number: JAPWA/787
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

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

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