Mirror with Paulownia and Bamboo Branches, By Ao Ietsugu, Azuchi-Momoyama period, 1588
Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room 8
June 7, 2022 (Tue) - August 28, 2022 (Sun)
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.
|Highlight||Hand-Washing Set with Diamonds, Bamboo, and Wild-Ginger Crests||Edo period, 1816||H-2808|
|Highlight||Outer Robe ("Uchikake") with Hexagons, Wisterias, and Calligraphy||Edo period, 18th century||I-3894||On exhibit through July 3, 2022|
|Highlight||Summer Robe ("Katabira") with Plants, Courtly Carriages, and Brushwood Fences||Edo period, 19th century||I-3616||On exhibit from July 5, 2022|
|Highlight||Mirror with Paulownia and Bamboo Branches||By Ao Ietsugu||Azuchi-Momoyama period, 1588||E-20878|
|Highlight||Large Bowl with a Landscape||Imari ware||Edo period, 17th century||Gift of Mr. Sakamoto Katsuji, G-5887|
|Water Jar with a Lotus||Imari ware||Edo period, 17th century||G-5854|