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Ainu Designs and Decorative Art Objects of Ryūkyū

"Ainu Designs and Decorative Art Objects of Ryūkyū"

Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room 16  April 13, 2021 (Tue) - June 20, 2021 (Sun)

  
Cup Stand, Hokkaidō Ainu, 19th century (Transferred from the Bureau for the Vienna World Exposition)

Stretching from north to south, the Japanese archipelago is home to diverse cultures that have flourished in its rich natural environments. Representing such cultures from northern Japan, this gallery is currently displaying traditional Ainu designs. Exhibits include the Ainu people’s clothing, tableware, and various tools that feature a range of Ainu designs, a distinctive example of which is a whirl pattern.
Representing a southern culture, decorative art objects from the Ryūkyū Kingdom—mainly metalwork obects and textiles—are also on display in this gallery. The Ryūkyū Kingdom developed its unique culture through trade with regions in Asia including China, Japan, the Korean Peninsula, and Southeast Asia.

Major Work(s) on Exhibit 8 results
Designation Name Amount Creation Excavation Period Acquisition Ownership Comment
_MD_RECOMMEND Tray Hokkaidō Ainu 19th century Gift of Mr. Tokugawa Yorisada, K-27975
_MD_RECOMMEND Apron Hokkaidō Ainu 19th century Gift of Ms. Hirako Hatsu, K-38347 On exhibit through May 16, 2021
_MD_RECOMMEND Knife and Mounting Hokkaidō Ainu 19th century Transferred from the Bureau for the Vienna World Exposition, K-25681
Cup Stand Hokkaidō Ainu 19th century Transferred from the Bureau for the Vienna World Exposition, K-25839
_MD_RECOMMEND Spatula Hokkaidō Ainu 19th century Gift of Mr. Tokugawa Yorisada, K-27749
_MD_RECOMMEND Coat Known as “What We Sewed Up” Hokkaidō Ainu (Abuta) 19th century Gift of Mr. Tokugawa Yorisada, K-27890 On exhibit through May 16, 2021
_MD_RECOMMEND Hair Ornament for a Female Shaman Amami Ōshima Island Second Shō dynasty, Ryūkyū kingdom, 18th century Gift of Ms. Yamato Ryōko, K-39055
_MD_RECOMMEND Robe with a Repeating Landscape Okinawa Main Island Second Shō dynasty, Ryūkyū kingdom, 19th century I-3484 On exhibit from May 18, 2021
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