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Monkey-trainer: O.69-1991

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Netsuke: katabori: Monkey-trainer. Dark wood, finely carved. A sarumawashi (monkey-trainer) clad in a robe, his head covered, seated and grimacing with pain as the monkey climbing on his back pulls at his right ear. He grasps the monkey's paw with his right hand as he tries to release the monkey's grip. Himotoshi at the back amid his robes.


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: 3.9 cm
Width: 3.4 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

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


Edo Period (1615-1868)
18th century
Circa 1700 - 1800

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Materials used in production

Wood (plant material)

Techniques used in production

Carving : Dark wood, finely carved

Identification numbers

Accession number: O.69-1991
Primary reference Number: 22358
Old object number: JAPWA/723
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 22 July 2020 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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