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Ashinaga and Tenaga: O.94-1991

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Ashinaga and Tenaga




Netsuke: sashi: Ashinaga and Tenaga. Boxwood, carved and stained. Ashinaga and Tenaga, the latter seated on his friend's back and reaching down with his elongated arms to hold up Ashinaga's leaf skirt. Ashinaga's hands are clasped behind his back holding up Tenaga. Their hair is scraped into a bun. Natural himotoshi formed by arms and legs.


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: 9.9 cm
Width: 2.5 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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Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Carving : Boxwood, carved and stained

Identification numbers

Accession number: O.94-1991
Primary reference Number: 22477
Old object number: JAPWA/759
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Audit data

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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