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Group of seven sea mussels: O.55-1991

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Group of seven sea mussels






Netsuke: katabori: Group of seven sea mussels. Ebony. A group of seven sea mussels of varying sizes clustered together; the arrangement forming a natural himotoshi.


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: 2.5 cm
Width: 3.9 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


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

Materials used in production

Wood (plant material)

Techniques used in production

Carving : Ebony

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Identification numbers

Accession number: O.55-1991
Primary reference Number: 22305
Old object number: JAPWA/734
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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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