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Seated monkey: O.52-1991

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Titles

Seated monkey

Maker(s)

Masatami

Description

Netsuke: katabori: Seated monkey. Ivory, carved and stained. Figure of a seated monkey with short, stubby tail and genitalia, its right paw held up to its eye, the other holding a fine case inro; meticulous hairline carving and staining to emulate the fur; finely incised details and black inlaid eyes (horn?). Natural himotoshi formed by its outstretched legs and elegantly carved feet.

Notes

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: 3.8 cm
Width: 2.9 cm

Relative size of this object

2.9 cm3.8 cm What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

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

Dating

Meiji Period (1868-1912)
Late 19th Century
Circa 1868 - 1900

Components of the work

Inlay composed of horn ( ?) Decoration

Materials used in production

Ivory

Techniques used in production

Carving : Ivory, carved, incised and stained, with inlaid decoration

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Identification numbers

Accession number: O.52-1991
Primary reference Number: 22299
Old object number: JAPWA/742
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 24 August 2018 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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