Object of the Month

In this monthly blog series, our collections team write about their Object of the Month, chosen from our collection.

Chiddingstone Casket

Happy New Year and welcome to Chiddingstone Castle’s Year of Japan! To start our 2020 Object of the Month series, we have chosen the amazing Chiddingstone Casket. Discovered in an antiques shop by Denys Eyre Bower, it is a rare 17th-century Japanese lacquer casket decorated in the finest and most expensive techniques and materials.

Lacquer writing box

This beautifully made lacquer box for storing calligraphy brushes and tools has a design of a winter scene with old huts in a bamboo forest, surrounded by autumn and winter plants.

Portrait Miniature

This tiny enamel portrait is of Lucy Walter, the first mistress of King Charles II. She was the mother of the famous Duke of Monmouth. The bright enamel colours of this miniature are beautifully preserved.

Samurai Armour

This skilfully made suit of samurai armour stands guard in our Japanese Room. It was originally made for the warlord Okochi Masatada, head of the Okochi samurai family.

Shabti of Ta-mit

This month’s object has just returned from being on loan at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. It is a rare and beautiful shabti figure of ‘The Lady of the House’ Ta-mit, whose name translates as ‘Lady Cat’


This month’s object is a large shrine with an image of the Hindu deity Vishu in the centre. Read more here about the life of this object, discovered through Denys Eyre Bower’s handwritten label.

Opening Hours


The 2020 Open Season runs from

Sunday 29th March to

Wednesday 28th October

We are open Sun, Mon, Tues, Wed and Bank Holidays, excluding Good Friday

11am - 5pm, with last entry and orders at 4.15pm


Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm

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