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Fishergirl fighting an octopus: O.49-1991

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Fishergirl fighting an octopus






Netsuke: manju: Fishergirl fighting an octopus. Tortoiseshell, ivory, gold and red lacquer, of circular form with an eyelet on the cover. The cover is inset with a fishergirl fighting a gold octopus, its tentacles ensnaring the leg of the ivory fishergirl with long black hair and a red lacquer and gilt skirt. Her right arm is raised and clutching a dagger; in her left hand she holds a shell. The base is inlaid in gold with sea plants, a gold shell, and a Shakudo clam, and it has a central himotoshi.


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


Edo Period (1615-1868)
19th Century
Production date: circa AD 1870

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Decoration composed of lacquer ( red) tortoise shell ivory
Inlay composed of gold

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Accession number: O.49-1991
Primary reference Number: 22275
Old object number: JAPWA/762
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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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