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Box: MAR.O.62 & A-1912

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Lacquer box, helmet box. Helmet box, lacquer with silver mounts. The box is of cylindrical form with grooved body and seated lid (A), and resting on three bracket feet. The black ground is sprinkled in gold nashiji (shimmering spangles) of varying density, and is finely decorated in hiramakie (low-relief sprinkled design) in gold of two tone with paulownia, entwining branches, leaves and tendrils with sprays of flowers in cut-silver foil. Three silver metal ring handles are fitted onto the lower section and attached to each of these is a brown silk cord with two ochre silk tassels. The three lacquer bracket feet are protected with silver metal fittings finely tooled with scrolling foliage. The interior and the base are in nashiji.

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 29.0 cm
Height: 41.4 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


Edo (Japanese period, 1615-1868)
Early 19th Century
Production date: circa AD 1820

Components of the work

Mounts composed of metal ( silver-coloured)
Decoration composed of lacquer gold
Tassels composed of silk (fiber)

Techniques used in production

Lacquering : Helmet box, lacquer with silver mounts, decorated with nashiji (shimmering spangles), hiramakie (low-relief sprinkled design)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular brown luggage label with ribbon tie

  • Text: Helmet box about 1820. Genuine work, made for the Japanese market, though regarded in Japan as of a bad period. To be kept. O.C. Raphael, July, 1934. Marlay Bequest, 1912
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in black ink
  • Type: Label

Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.O.62 & A-1912
Primary reference Number: 24012
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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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