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140th Anniversary Thematic Exhibitions: The Soaring Majesty of Dragons in Asian Art

140th Anniversary Thematic Exhibitions: The Soaring Majesty of Dragons in Asian Art
Honkan Room T1 & T2   January 2, 2012 (Mon) - January 29, 2012 (Sun)

  
Dragon, From dragon and tiger set of folding screens, By Soga Chokuan, Azuchi-Momoyama - Edo period, 17th century

As mythical creatures produced by the human imagination, the Asian dragons familiar to Japanese people first appeared in China, from where they spread to the Korean peninsula and Japan. At the start of the Year of the Dragon, we hope you will join us in our galleries to trace the history of dragons and the feelings people have held toward them by viewing works from various countries and eras.

 自在置物 龍

龍涛螺鈿稜花盆
Dragon, Jizai articulated figure
By Myochin Muneaki, Edo period, dated 1713
Sujikabuto style Helmet, With purple lacing in gradation
Edo period, 18th century (Gift of Mr. Matsudaira Naoakira)
Foiled Tray, Dragon and wave design in mother-of-pearl inlay
Yuan dynasty, 14th century, China (Important Cultural Property)
   羽織・着付 白呉絽地龍波涛模様  

Incense Burner, Fish turning into dragon design in underglaze blue
Jingdezhen ware, Ming dynasty, 17th century, China (Gift of Dr. Yokogawa Tamisuke)

Kitsuke Garment (Kabuki Costume), Dragon and wave design on white plain-weave wool
Edo period, 19th century, Formerly worn by Bando Mitsue (Gift of Ms. Takagi Kiyo)

 

 

Major works in this exhibition
* Works listed below are in the TNM Collection unless otherwise indicated.
Metal Belt Fitting, Dragon design, From Eta-Funayama Tumulus, Nagomi-machi, Tamana-gun, Kumamoto, Kofun period, 5th - 6th century (National Treasure, Gift of Mr. Furuya Kiyoshi)
Foiled Tray, Dragon and wave design in mother-of-pearl inlay, Yuan dynasty, 14th century, China (Important Cultural Property)
Sixteen Arhats: Fourteenth Arha, Heian period, 11th century (National Treasure)
Dragon, From dragon and tiger set of folding screens, By Soga Chokuan, Azuchi-Momoyama - Edo period, 17th century
Jinbaori (Coat worn over armor), Winged dragon and wave design on scarlet wool ground, Edo period, 19th century (Gift of Ms. Takagi Kiyo)
Dragon, Jizai articulated figure, By Myochin Muneaki, Edo period, dated 1713

Related Events

Honkan Room 20  January 2, 2012 (Mon) - January 3, 2012 (Tue)   11:00 - 16:00  
January 2, 2012 (Mon) - January 29, 2012 (Sun)   9:30 - 17:00 (last admission at 16:30)  
January 2, 2012 (Mon) - March 31, 2013 (Sun)

Catalogue

石に魅せられた先史時代の人びと

The Soaring Majesty of Dragons in Asian Art

900yen

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