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Box: MAR.O.83 & A-1912

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Lacquer box, ko-bako for the incense ceremony. Box, lacquer. Rectangular box with seated lid (A); the black ground is decorated in gold, silver-grey and red. The lid is decorated in hiramakie (low-relief sprinkled design) with a performing puppeteer watched by a man, a woman and a child. The man is carrying two laden baskets suspended from a yoke, and rests on his cane as he stops to watch the puppeteer. The woman points at the puppet show and the child, in a red and gold floral kimono, holds a chrysanthemum windmill. The sides are covered with a two-tone gold and black diaper pattern. The interior and the base are in nashiji (shimmering spangles).

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 3.6 cm
Length: 8.1 cm
Width: 5.8 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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Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Lacquering : Box, lacquer, lid decorated in hiramakie (low-relief sprinkled design), interior and base in nashiji

Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.O.83 & A-1912
Primary reference Number: 24155
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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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