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Man and giant ball: O.66-1991

Object information


Man and giant ball




Netsuke: katabori: Man and giant ball. Ivory, finely carved and stained. Figure of a man wearing a hat and in court dress, his robes finely incised with chrysanthemum, holding a fan and pushing a huge playball (k'mari); the football is stitched round the circumference forming a deep seam. Himotoshi on the base of the football.


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: 2.9 cm
Width: 3.8 cm

Relative size of this object

3.8 cm2.9 cm What does this represent?

Relative size of this object is displayed using code inspired by Good Form and Spectacle's work on the British Museum's Waddeson Bequest website and their dimension drawer. They chose a tennis ball to represent a universally sized object, from which you could envisage the size of an object.

Acquisition and important dates

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


Edo Period (1615-1868)
Circa 1800 - 1868

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work


Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Carving : Ivory, finely carved, incised and stained

Identification numbers

Accession number: O.66-1991
Primary reference Number: 22351
Old object number: JAPWA/709
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 13 January 2012 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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