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Decorative Arts | 16th–19th century

"Decorative Arts | 16th–19th century"

Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room 8  July 20, 2021 (Tue) - October 3, 2021 (Sun)

Tea Bowl with a Mantis and the Moon, By Eiraku Hozen, Edo period, 19th century

From the late 16th century, changes in society helped artisans to develop the decorative arts. In the Azuchi–Momoyama period (1573–1603), samurai warlords united Japan after more than a century of fighting. The following Edo period (1603–1868) saw economic growth under a new samurai government, with merchants and other people gaining the wealth to buy art.

Potters succeeded in making Japan's first porcelain in the early 17th century. Methods for decorating porcelain and other ceramics then became more diverse, as shown by works with gold, silver, and color enamels. Meanwhile, textiles saw rapid technical advances. The loom was improved to make complex weaves possible, while dyeing became as detailed and expressive as painting.

Items like furniture and dining sets were coated with lacquer and decorated with metal powders, most often gold. Lacquer workers refined this technique, called maki–e, and combined it with new materials for more elaborate designs. Metalworkers also began using a wider variety of base metals and alloys, creating works with greater detail and precision.

Major Work(s) on Exhibit 7 results
Designation Name Amount Creation Excavation Period Acquisition Ownership Comment
_MD_RECOMMEND Confectionary Box with Flowering Plants By Tanda Chūbei Edo period, 18th century Gift of Mr. Itō Kashinosuke, H-502
_MD_RECOMMEND Summer Robe ("Katabira") with Cherry and Peony Sprays and Bird Roundels Edo period, 19th century I-1420 On exhibit through August 22, 2021
_MD_RECOMMEND Robe ("Kosode") with Waves and Floral Roundels Reportedly used by Eishin'in, the wife of Date Narikuni, the 12th Head of the Sendai Domain Edo period, 19th century I-650 On exhibit from August 24, 2021
Handled Mirror with Mount Fuji, Eulalia Grass, and the Autumn Moon Edo period, 18th century Gift of Mr. Tokugawa Yorisada, E-18049
_MD_RECOMMEND Lidded Bowl with Peonies Imari ware, Kakiemon type Edo period, 17th century G-5759
_MD_RECOMMEND Fan-Shaped Dish with Autumn Grasses Kyoto ware Edo period, 18th century Gift of Dr. Yokogawa Tamisuke, G-4671
_MD_RECOMMEND Tea Bowl with a Mantis and the Moon By Eiraku Hozen (1795–1854) Edo period, 19th century G-318
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