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Metalwork: Articulated Figures and Ornaments

"Metalwork: Articulated Figures and Ornaments"

Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room 13  July 12, 2016 (Tue) - September 25, 2016 (Sun)

Hanging Incense Burner, Flower basket shape (detail), Edo period, 18th century

Metalwork techniques became highly sophisticated in the Edo period (1603-1868). Reflecting the long-lasting peace, the maturity of townspeople culture, and the development of natural history studies, various animal and plant motifs were featured in highly realistic depictions on stationery and furniture. These objects transcended their initial use or function and encouraged the appreciation of meticulous form. This exhibit introduces the rich art of Edo-period metalwork, represented by articulated figures, censers, and other ornaments.

Current exhibit includes:
Hanging Incense Burner, Flower basket shape, Edo period, 18th century
Articulated Figure, Spiny lobster,
By Myochin Munekiyo, Edo period, 18th-19th century
Articulated Figure, Dragon,
By Myochin Mune'aki, Edo period, dated 1713
Articulated Figure, Hawk,
By Myochin Kiyoharu, Edo period, 18th-19th century