circa 1800 1868
probably 19th century
Edo Period (1615-1868)
Netsuke: kagamibuta. Ivory bowl with metal disc and eyelet. Circular bowl, plain with indented ridge around the top edge and traces of green staining to inner rim, central himotoshi. Shibuichi disc, cast and decorated in relief with a fly resting on top of a man's shaved head above the wrinkled brow, the face cut off at the nose. The man's hand is raised as if to swat the fly. Finely stranded hair and eyebrows in shakudo and copper, the man's eyeballs in shakudo and copper, and the fly's eye is applied with copper.
indenting; bowl ridge
staining; bowl inner rim
casting (process); disc
decorated in relief; decoration
metal; metal disc
copper; applied decoration
ivory bowl with cast, metal disc decorated in relief and eyelet
height, whole, 1.8, cm
width, whole, 4.2, cm
bequeathed; 1991-04-29; Reitlinger, Henry Scipio
H.S. Reitlinger (d.1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.
Bequeathed by H.S. Reitlinger, 1950; transferred from the Reitlinger Trust, 1991.
Barker, Richard. Smith, Lawrence. 1976. Netsuke The Miniature Sculpture of Japan.London?: British Museum
Cf. For similar example see, no. 279
Object Number: O.37-1991
(record id: 22146; input: 2001-02-26; modified: 2015-08-05)