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Box: MAR.O.95 & A & B-1912

Object information

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Lacquer box, ko-bako (box for the incense ceremony). Box, lacquer and mother of pearl. Rectangular box resting on four bracket feet with two tiers, a tray (B) and a seated lid (A). The black ground is speckled with gold and decorated in hiramakie (low-relief sprinkled design) and takamakie (high-relief sprinkled design) in gold, silver, red and black with a cock fight watched by nobles and ladies. The nobles are seated on a verandah looking down on the fighting cockerels which are surrounded by six ladies and a child with a willow tree behind. The tray with aogai details (small pieces of inlaid shell) rests on four bracket feet and depicts a man poling a boat towards a house on an island with hills behind. The fundame (matt gold) border is decorated with scrolling foliage. The sides of the box are decorated with diaper patterns in gold and black. The interior of the lid and tiers, the underside of the tray and bases are in nashiji (shimmering spangles).

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 5.5 cm
Length: 9.3 cm
Width: 7.3 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


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

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of mother-of-pearl

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Lacquering : Box, lacquer and mother of pearl, decorated in takamakie (high-relief sprinkled design) and hiramakie (low-relief sprinkled design), tray with aogai details (small pieces of inlaid shell), interior of the lid and tiers, the underside of the tray and bases are in nashiji (shimmering spangles)

Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.O.95 & A & B-1912
Primary reference Number: 24233
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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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