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Monk ringing bell: O.91-1991

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Monk ringing bell






Netsuke: katabori: Monk ringing bell. Wood, red lacquer with green and gilt decoration, carved and stained. Figure of a Buddhist priest, bald, clad in a robe and barefoot holding his padded mallet with both hands and banging on a large mokogyo. The red lacquer bell has two fishes' heads protruding from either side, each decorated with green and gilt with traces of red on the nose and eyebrows, their open jaws clasping a gilt ball. The fishes' scales are decorated in red lacquer and gilt. Himotoshi in the flat wooden base.


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: 3.4 cm
Width: 4.4 cm

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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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Components of the work

Decoration composed of lacquer ( red and green) gilt

Materials used in production

Wood (plant material)

Techniques used in production

Carving : Wood, red lacquer with green and gilt decoration, carved and stained

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Identification numbers

Accession number: O.91-1991
Primary reference Number: 22462
Old object number: JAPWA/785
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 13 May 2019 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

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

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