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Box: MAR.O.68 & A-1912

Object information

Current Location: In storage






Lacquer box, Shibayama style. Box, lacquer applied with shell, coral, ivory, jade, tortoiseshell and wood with silver metal rims. Rectangular box with rounded corners and a seated lid (A). The lid and sides are encrusted with intricately carved chrysanthemum, peony, hydrangea and other flower heads and leaves in coloured shell, aogai (small pieces of blue-green shell), coral, ivory, tortoiseshell, wood and jade of white, yellow, pink, green and brown. The interior of the box and the base are nashiji (shimmering spangles).

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 3.7 cm
Length: 8.5 cm
Width: 7.3 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


Edo Period (1615-1868)#
Circa 1800 - 1868

Components of the work

Rims composed of metal ( silver-coloured)
Decoration composed of lacquer tortoise shell jade coral wood (plant material) shell (animal material)

Techniques used in production

Lacquering : Box, lacquer,applied with shell, coral, ivory, jade, tortoiseshell and wood with silver metal rims, interior and base are nashiji

Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.O.68 & A-1912
Primary reference Number: 24058
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 4 February 2020 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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