Asian Gallery (Toyokan) Room 13
September 5, 2017 (Tue) - October 15, 2017 (Sun)
Asian art includes works with auspicious designs that were made to embody wishes for wealth and good health while warding off evil. Other works are associated with magic rituals, superstitions, and folk beliefs.
Praying for happiness can take on various forms: people can simply pray for their own, or their families' happiness; or, assuming that something ominous–such as an evil spirit–exists, they can attempt to achieve happiness by repelling it. Some even believe that they may be saved by reducing others to despair.
Through relevant works, this exhibition invites visitors to look at various beliefs and customs in Asia, including Japan.