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Box: MAR.O.55 & A-1912

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Box, lacquer. Shallow rectangular box with rounded corners and an overhanging lid (A) with two cusped sides. The exterior of the box has a black ground with brown streaks and the lid is decorated in gold and silver with traces of brown and red, with pine and prunus branches in hiramakie (low-relief sprinkled design). The interior and the base are decorated with nashiji (shimmering spangles).

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 1.5 cm
Length: 6.8 cm
Width: 4.7 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

Techniques used in production

Lacquering : Box, lacquer, exterior and lid decorated in hiramakie, the interior and the base decorated with nashiji (shimmering spangles)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: white rectangular label with an octagonal border of three blue lines inscribed in black ink

  • Text: 56: NE U/U/£22 [or £12?]
  • Location: Stuck on one corner of the base
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in black ink
  • Type: Label

Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.O.55 & A-1912
Primary reference Number: 23944
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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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