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Box: MAR.O.54 & A-C-1912

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Lacquer box and smaller box. Box, lacquer. Rectangular box with an overhanging lid (A) of convex form with two cut-away sides, containing a smaller box (B) of the same shape. It is decorated all over with a white-crackled ground of inlaid eggshell and decorated on the lid in hiramakie (low-relief sprinkled design) and takamakie (high-relief sprinkled design) in gold, red and black with seven cranes in flight. The rim is finely edged in gold, red and black. The base and interior are in nashiji covered with a thick layer of red-brown lacquer. The smaller box is similarly decorated; the lid (C) has a gold and black rim.

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 4.2 cm
Length: 6.4 cm
Width: 3.7 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)
19th century
Circa 1800 - 1868

Components of the work

Decoration composed of lacquer ( red-brown)
Inlay composed of eggshell (animal material)
Smaller Box Height 2.6 cm Length 5.4 cm Width 2.7 cm

Techniques used in production

Lacquering : Box, lacquer, decorated all over with a white-crackled ground of inlaid eggshell and decorated on the lid in hiramakie (low-relief sprinkled design) and takamakie (high-relief sprinkled design), the base and interior are in nashiji

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.O.54 & A-C-1912
Primary reference Number: 23937
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 4 January 2017 Last processed: Friday 21 May 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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