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Reclining ox: O.57-1991

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Reclining ox






Netsuke: katabori: Reclining ox. Wood, carved and stained. Figure of a reclining ox, its head turned to the right. Its halter is attached to a ring through its nose and thrown over its back; bulging eyes inlaid with ivory and black pupils. The body is lightly incised and stained. Himotoshi on the underside.


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: 4.7 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


Edo Period (1615-1868)
Circa 1800 - 1868

Components of the work

Inlay composed of ivory

Materials used in production

Wood (plant material)

Techniques used in production

Carving : Wood, carved, incised and stained, eyes inlaid with ivory

Identification numbers

Accession number: O.57-1991
Primary reference Number: 22307
Old object number: JAPWA/713
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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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