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Box: O.6 & A & B-1947

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Description

Lacquer box, kogo (box for the incense ceremony). Box, lacquer with mother of pearl and silver rim mounts. Rectangular box with seated lid (A) and a tray (B). The gold fundame (matt) ground is decorated on the lid in takamakie (high-relief sprinkled design) with a mountainous landscape, a waterfall and a meandering river spanned by a bridge with pine, fir and plum in blossom. The mountains and rocks are highlighted in pink-tinged aogai (small pieces of blue-green inlaid shell). The sides of the lid and box show a similar mountain and river scene with pine, fir and plum in blossom. The mikayeshi (inside of the lid) and base are decorated in rich gold nashiji (shimmering spangles) with hirame (flat flakes of gold or silver lying on or near the surface of the lacquer) in broken ice design. The tray is similarly decorated with pine, fir and plum in blossom beside a river in takamakie on a gold fundame ground, and the underside in nashiji with hirame of gold and silver in broken ice design.

Measurements and weight

Length: 9.3 cm
Width: 7.4 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1947) by Raphael, Oscar C.

Dating

Meiji Period (1868-1912)
Early 20th century
Production date: circa AD 1910

Components of the work

Inlay composed of mother-of-pearl
Decoration composed of shell (animal material)
Rims composed of silver

Materials used in production

Lacquer

Techniques used in production

Lacquering : Box, lacquer with mother of pearl and silver rim mounts, decorated in takamakie (high-relief sprinkled design), aogai (small pieces of blue-green inlaid shell), nashiji (shimmering spangles) and hirame (flat flakes of gold or silver lying on or near the surface of the lacquer)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: torn, rectangular cream piece of paper

  • Text: 22 Kago made at Tokyo c.1910 0.6-1947
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in pencil
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: circular white sticky label, '22' on reverse

  • Text: 'O.6-1947 Raphael Bequest 1941' and '22'
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in blue ink
  • Type: Label

Identification numbers

Accession number: O.6 & A & B-1947
Primary reference Number: 24336
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 13 January 2012 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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