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Box: MAR.O.56 & A-1912

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Description

Box, lacquer with silver metal ring handles. Rectangular box with an overhanging lid (A) with two cusped sides and covered on the exterior and base with a brown and gold mokume (lacquer imitating wood-grain) ground and decorated on the lid in hiramakie (low-relief sprinkled design) and takamakie (high-relief sprinkled design) in green, red, gold and grey. The cover is decorated with a gold grasshopper resting on a lily-type plant which has large green and gold veined leaves and three red and gold blooms. The two sides of the lid are cut away to expose two silver metal fittings on the lower section in the shape of a flower head and pierced with slender cord rings; the rim of the lid is raised and edged in grey. The interior is decorated with nashiji (shimmering spangles) and inside the lid is a gold flower spray.

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 1.6 cm
Length: 9.6 cm
Width: 3.7 cm

Relative size of this object

9.6 cm1.6 cm What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

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

Dating

Edo (Japanese period, 1615-1868)
Circa 1700 - 1868

Components of the work

Handles composed of metal ( silver-coloured)
Decoration composed of lacquer

Techniques used in production

Lacquering : Box, lacquer with silver metal ring handles, decorated with a brown and gold mokume (lacquer imitating wood-grain) ground and decorated on the lid in hiramakie (low-relief sprinkled design) and takamakie (high-relief sprinkled design) in green, red, gold and grey, the interior decorated with nashiji (shimmering spangles)

Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.O.56 & A-1912
Primary reference Number: 23958
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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

Citation for print

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The Fitzwilliam Museum (2023) "Box" Web page available at: https://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/23958 Accessed: 2023-02-07 23:02:00

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