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Box: MAR.O.81 & A & B-1912

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Current Location: In storage






Box, lacquer. Box in the shape of two intersecting books, one open and one closed with a seated lid (A) and containing a tray (B). The open book is decorated in gold and silver-grey hiramakie (low-relief sprinkled design) and takamakie (high-relief sprinkled design) and togidashi (brought out by polishing) with a mountainous landscape, trees, a waterfall, a bridge spanning a river and a pavilion on a black and gold powdered ground.
The closed book is decorated in togidashi with gold flower heads on a black and gold powdered ground, with gold bindings and the title in a gold rectangular panel. The title reads `A View of Konensan `, the last character meaning 'complete in one volume.' The sides are finely decorated with intricate brocades of flower heads, leaves, ducks, fans and diaper patterns in gold, red and silver-grey on a black nashiji (shimmering spangles) ground.
The tray is finely decorated in gold, red and silver-grey with sprays of autumn flowers and foliage on a black and gold powdered ground with a gold rim. The base of the tray is nashiji.The inside and the base are nashiji.

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C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 4.0 cm
Length: 11.8 cm
Width: 11.0 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


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

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Techniques used in production

Lacquering : Box, lacquer, decorated in hiramakie (low-relief sprinkled design), takamakie (high-relief sprinkled design), togidashi (brought out by polishing) and nashiji

Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.O.81 & A & B-1912
Primary reference Number: 24141
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 13 May 2019 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

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

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