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Box: MAR.O.96 & A-1912

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Lacquer box, tea jar. Box, lacquer. Cylindrical box with seated lid (A) decorated in hiramakie (low-relief sprinkled design) in black, gold, silver and red lacquer with three men working in the paddy fields, two picking rice and one walking along the road bearing a yoke with rice in the paniers, against a black sky. The design of paths and paddy fields continues round the sides of the box and onto the lower section. The mikayeshi (inside of the lid) and interior of the box are decorated with gold chidori (plovers) in flight on a nashiji (shimmering spangles) ground. The circular, flat, recessed base is in nashiji.

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 5.1 cm
Width: 8.9 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


Edo Period (1615-1868)#
Circa 1800 - 1868


Shunzo (alternative reading: Harmasa; both read the same)

People, subjects and objects depicted

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Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

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

Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.O.96 & A-1912
Primary reference Number: 24236
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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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