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Inro: MAR.O.11 & A-1912

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Lacquer inro. A four case inro with five divisions, of standard shape. The kinji (a shiny gold lacquer seen in later 19th and 20th century pieces) is decorated in red, black, blue, brown and aogai (small pieces of blue-green inlaid shell) hiramakie (low-relief sprinkled design), nashiji (shimmering spangles) and togidashi (hiramakie design covered with lacquer and polished until the design reappears flush with the ground). With, on one side, Samurai armour, an aoi (Tokugawa family) mon on the breast plate, a helmet, mask and gauntlets, and on the reverse, with a saddle, bit, harness and stirrups.
The compartments are black lacquer and the outer wall of the risers, rims and shoulders are fundame (matt gold).
With a cloisonne ojime

Inro entirely redecorated about 1900.

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 2.6 cm
Height: 7.7 cm
Width: 6.7 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1912) by Marlay, Charles Brinsley


Edo (Japanese period, 1615-1868)
1615 CE - 1868 CE

Components of the work

Inlay composed of shell ( aogai)
Risers, Shoulders composed of gold

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.O.11 & A-1912
Primary reference Number: 22186
Raphael list number: 12
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 17 July 2015 Last processed: Friday 21 May 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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