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Box: O.8 & A-C-1947

Object information

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Lacquer box, cha-bako (tea box) and silk cover. Box, lacquer. Rectangular box with rounded corners, a seated lid (A), panelled sides and a tray (B) decorated all over in finely polished nashiji (shimmering spangles). The mikayeshi (inside of the lid) is decorated with two sprays of autumn grasses in gold and silver takamakie (high-relief sprinkled design). The tray is nashiji with a fundame (matt gold) rim. The interior and base are nashiji. Orange and red striped silk cover (C) with black silk lining and a firm base. Blue cord drawstring.


History note: Bought Kyoto in 1908 from the collection of Mr Muda

Measurements and weight

Height: 11.9 cm
Length: 18.9 cm
Width: 11.8 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

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


Edo Period (1615-1868)
Late 18th century
Circa 1770 - 1800

Components of the work

Drawstring composed of cord (fibre product)
Cover composed of silk (textile)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Lacquering : Box, lacquer, decorated all over in finely polished nashiji (shimmering spangles, inside of lid is decorated with takamakie (high-relief sprinkled design)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular white sticky label, '30' on reverse

  • Text: 'O.8-1947. Raphael Bequest 1941', and '30'
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in blue ink
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: small brown luggage label

  • Text: Raphael Bequest 1941 O.8-1947
  • Location: On silk cover
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: small rectangular white label attached with purple thread, '30' on reverse

  • Text: 'O.8-1947' '30'
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Label

Identification numbers

Accession number: O.8 & A-C-1947
Primary reference Number: 24347
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 4 January 2017 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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