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Fishergirl and octopus: O.74-1991

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Fishergirl and octopus




Netsuke: katabori: Fishergirl and octopus. Ivory, carved and stained. A group of a fishergirl and an octopus. The girl is seated and trying to repel the amorous advances of the creature which encircles her with his tentacles; she holds a knife in her right hand and an awabi shell in her left. Her finely incised hair is loosely tied back and stained; her facial features are stained. The octopus has finely carved tentacles, hollowed eyes and dark stained pupils. The tentacles form 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: 2.1 cm
Width: 4.0 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

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


Edo Period (1615-1868)
Circa 1800 - 1868

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Techniques used in production

Carving : Ivory, carved, incised and stained

Identification numbers

Accession number: O.74-1991
Primary reference Number: 22375
Old object number: JAPWA/722
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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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