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Kneeling man with fox mask: O.88-1991

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Kneeling man with fox mask






Netsuke: katabori: Kneeling man with fox mask. Wood, ivory, green mineral (possibly jade or malachite), carved and stained. Figure of a man, kneeling, his legs covered by his robes and holding a pistol in his right hand. His face is covered by an ivory fox mask with black inset eyes. The himotoshi is filled with fibrous rope and one hole inset with a circular green mineral ring of uneven appearance.


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 cm
Width: 2.8 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


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

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Inset composed of jade ( possibly, or malchite)
Figure composed of wood (plant material)
Face Mask composed of ivory

Techniques used in production

Carving : Wood, ivory, green mineral (possibly jade or malchite), carved and stained

Identification numbers

Accession number: O.88-1991
Primary reference Number: 22441
Old object number: JAPWA/757
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 11 January 2023 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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