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Inro: MAR.O.8 & A-1912

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Zeshin, Shibata (School of)




Lacquer inro with silver metal overlay. A one case inro, two divisions, of standard shape. The brown lacquer ground is decorated in black and gold and silver hiramakie (low-relief sprinkled design) and takamakie (high-relief sprinkled design) with, on one side, an eboshi (nobleman's hat) resting on a tasselled black lacquer piece of furniture with a branch of flowering plum which extends to the reverse. The flowers are overlaid in silver metal. The riser and compartment are black lacquer with silver-grey shoulders.

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 1.8 cm
Height: 7 cm
Width: 5.1 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

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


Edo (Japanese period, 1615-1868)
Late 19th Century
Circa 1800 - 1900

Components of the work

Overlay composed of silver metal

Materials used in production

brown lacquer Ground colour

Techniques used in production


Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.O.8 & A-1912
Primary reference Number: 22193
Raphael list number: 9
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Audit data

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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