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Inro: MAR.O.37 & A-1912

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Lacquer inro. A four case inro with five divisions, of standard shape. The red lacquer ground and tsugaru nuri ground (red, yellow, green and black mottled lacquer) are diagonally divided and are decorated in gold, black and red hiramakie (low-relief sprinkled design), and takamakie (high relief sprinkled design). Depicting a herd boy, a basket of grasses on his back, holding the tether of a large black ox with another herd boy riding on the ox. The base and top surface are tsugaru nuri. The compartments and risers are nashiji (shimmering and spangles) with fundame (matt gold) shoulders and rims.

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C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 6.2 cm
Width: 5.1 cm

Relative size of this object

5.1 cm6.2 cm What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

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


Edo (Japanese period, 1615-1868)
19th century
Circa 1800 - 1899

Components of the work

Risers, Compartments Shoulders, Rim

Materials used in production

Lacquer Gold

Techniques used in production

Hiramakie Takamakie Lacquering

Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.O.37 & A-1912
Primary reference Number: 22209
Raphael list number: 45
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 20 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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