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Box: MAR.O.86 & A-1912

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Box, lacquer. Box with a seated lid (A) in the shape of two shallow intersecting rectangular boxes decorated in gold, black and silver-grey hiramakie (low relief sprinkled design) and takamakie (high-relief sprinkled design). One box is decorated with autumn grasses in gold and silver-grey on a black ground powdered with gold. The other box is decorated with daisies and other small flowering plants on a fundame (matt gold) ground with kirikane (metal foil cut to various shapes and individually set into a lacquer ground, often as a mosaic) details. Both designs overlap onto the sides of the box. The inside and the base are in nashiji (shimmering spangles).

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 0.8 cm
Length: 7.6 cm
Width: 5.0 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

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


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

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Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Lacquering : Box, lacquer, decorated in hiramakie (low-relief sprinkled design) and takamakie (high-relief sprinkled design), kirikane (metal foil cut to various shapes and individually set into lacquer ground), interior and base in nashiji

Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.O.86 & A-1912
Primary reference Number: 24171
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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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