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Box: MAR.O.76 & A & B-1912

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Description

Box, Lacquer. Rectangular box with a seated lid (A) and tray (B). The black ground is decorated in gold hiramakie (low-relief sprinkled design) and hirame (flat flakes of gold) with a landscape scene of pine trees beside a river and a waterfall with rocky banks and hills in the distance. The old gnarled trunk of the pine tree has uchikomi details (design details, particularly hollows in trees and rocks filled with gold particles); there are aogai (small pieces of inlaid blue/green shell) details to the water and the banks are in gold kirikane (metal foil cut and individually set into a lacquer ground, often as a mosaic). A similar and continuous design of pine trees and rocks beside a river runs around the four sides of the box. The tray stands on four bracket feet and is similarly decorated with pine trees and rocks beside a river with aogai details. The base of the tray, interior and base of the box are in gyobu-nashiji (shimmering spangles using large flakes of gold) producing a mirror-like effect.

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 4.0 cm
Length: 7.7 cm
Width: 6.5 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

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

Dating

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

Components of the work

Decoration composed of shell (animal material) foil gold

Materials used in production

Lacquer

Techniques used in production

Lacquering : Box, lacquer decorated in hiramakie (low-relief sprinkled design), hirame (flat flakes of gold), uchikomi (design details filled with gold particles), aogai (small pieces of inlaid blue-green shell), kirikane (metal foil cut and individually set into lacquer ground) and gyobu nashiji (shimmering spangles using large flakes of gold)

Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.O.76 & A & B-1912
Primary reference Number: 24112
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 13 January 2012 Last processed: Friday 21 May 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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