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Box: MAR.O.92 & A-1912

Object information

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Box, lacquer. Rectangular box with rounded sides and a seated lid (A) decorated in gold, black and brown. The lid is decorated in gold takamakie (high-relief sprinkled design) with a peacock standing on a solid gold rock and a peahen below surrounded by gold peonies on a nashiji (shimmering spangles) ground. The peacock's magnificent tail is inlaid with aogai (small pieces of blue-green inlaid shell). The sides of the box are decorated with gold floral sprays and on the two long sides there is also a butterfly on a nashiji ground.

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 5.9 cm
Length: 12.8 cm
Width: 9.6 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

Decoration composed of shell (animal material)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Lacquering : Box, lacquer, lid decorated in takamakie (high-relief sprinkled design) on a nashiji ground, with aogai (small pieces of blue-green inalid shell), sides decorated on a nashiji ground

Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.O.92 & A-1912
Primary reference Number: 24222
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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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