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Box: MAR.O.66 & A-1912

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Box, lacquer. Elongated rectangular box with deep sides and a seated lid (A). The lid is decorated in black and gold hiramakie (low-relief sprinkled design) and takamakie (high-relief sprinkled design) with landscapes including young pine trees, plants and rocks on a nashiji (shimmering spangles) ground. The sides are decorated in similar techniques with similar landscape designs of young pine trees, plants and rocks beneath clouds in kirikane (metal foil cut to various shapes and individually set into a lacquer ground, often as a mosaic). The inside and the base are in nashiji.

Legal notes

C.B. Maraly Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 4.6 cm
Length: 10.1 cm
Width: 4 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

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


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

Components of the work

Decoration composed of lacquer foil gold

Techniques used in production

Lacquering : Box, lacquer, lid and sides decorated in takamakie (high-relief sprinkled design) and hiramakie (low-relief sprinkled design) on a nashiji ground, sides decorated in kirikane (metal foil cut to various shapes and individually set into lacquer ground, often as mosaic)

Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.O.66 & A-1912
Primary reference Number: 24043
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 11 January 2023 Last processed: Wednesday 11 January 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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