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Box: MAR.O.63 & A-1912

Object information

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Box, lacquer. Rectangular box with a seated lid (A). The black ground is decorated on the lid and sides in gold, silver and aogai (small pieces of blue-green inlaid shell) in hiramakie (low-relief sprinkled design) with circular medallions filled with flowers and foliage reserved on a gold meander ground. The interior of the lid, the lower section and the base are all similarly decorated in gold and silver with phoenix, flowers and butterflies in a stencil-type design on a nashiji (shimmering spangles) ground.

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 2.5 cm
Length: 9.3 cm
Width: 7.2 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


Edo Period (1615-1868)#
Circa 1700 - 1868

Components of the work

Decoration composed of lacquer shell (animal material) gold silver

Techniques used in production

Lacquering : Box, lacquer, with aogai (small pieces of blue-green inlaid shell), in hiramakie (low-relief sprinkled design), lid in nashiji (shimmering spangles)

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.63 & A-1912
Primary reference Number: 24018
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 11 January 2023 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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