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Box: MAR.O.58 & A-1912

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Lacquer box for the incense ceremony. Box, lacquer with lid (A). Rectangular box with two cut-away sides, in the shape of two fans. The dull gold ground is decorated in black, red, orange, brown, green and gold in hiramakie (low-relief sprinkled design), and the top and base of the fan are moulded with raised diaper pattern/brocade borders in gold. One fan is decorated with a seated noble, his attendants and five court ladies in flowing robes, and the other fan depicts nine small figures beside two rice stooks (?). The sides of the box are decorated with six fans?/kites and eight shells/pearls. The interior and the base are decorated with nashiji (shimmering spangles). The lid fits on either way round.

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 1.8 cm
Length: 8.7 cm
Width: 4.2 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


Edo Period (1615-1868)#
19th Century
Circa 1800 - 1868

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of lacquer

Techniques used in production

Lacquering : Box, lacquer, decorated with hiramakie (low-relief sprinkled design) and nashiji (shimmering spangles)

Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.O.58 & A-1912
Primary reference Number: 23973
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 4 January 2017 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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