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Box: MAR.O.82 & A-1912

Object information

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Lacquer box, ko-bako for the incense ceremony. Box, lacquer with silver metal rims. Rectangular box with rounded corners and a seated lid (A). The black ground is decorated in gold and silver-grey takamakie (high-relief sprinkled design) and hiramakie (low-relief sprinkled design) with a winding stream; the banks either side, in gold kirikane (metal foil cut and individually set into a lacquer ground, often as a mosaic), are covered with clusters of iris with gold leaves and silver-grey flowers. A similar and continuous design of streams, banks and irises runs around the sides of the box. The interior and the base are in nashiji (shimmering spangles).

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 3.6 cm
Length: 9.4 cm
Width: 7.8 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

Rims composed of metal ( silver-coloured)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Lacquering : Box, lacquer, with silver metal rims, black ground decorated in takamakie (high-relief sprinkled design) and hiramakie (low-relief sprinkled design), and kirikane (metal foil cut and individually set into a lacquer ground), interior and base in nashiji

Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.O.82 & A-1912
Primary reference Number: 24150
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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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