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Daruma: O.83-1991

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Netsuke: katabori: Daruma. Wood, ivory, horn and metal. Rounded wood figure of Daruma, seated enveloped in his voluminous cloak, his face, inset in ivory, peeping out with dark features and inlaid horn eyes. Two inlaid ivory hands emerge from the folds of his cloak and he has an hossu (fly-switch) on his back; the handle is inlaid in metal (possibly silver), finely incised and inset with a rounded piece of ivory; the hair is finely carved with traces of red. There is a finely carved circular inset ivory himotoshi in the centre of his back. The rounded shape of Daruma's lower half resembles a mokugyo with two holes joined by a split.


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: 3.5 cm
Width: 3.2 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

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


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

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Components of the work

Parts composed of metal ( possibly silver) horn ivory
Figure composed of wood (plant material)

Identification numbers

Accession number: O.83-1991
Primary reference Number: 22426
Old object number: JAPWA/737
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 13 May 2019 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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