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Lacquerware—A Fascination with Color and Luster

Raden Rokakusansui Nijushikozu Rokuryogata-go

Regular Exhibition

Lacquerware—A Fascination with Color and Luster

December 15, 2018 (Sat.) – December 24 (Mon. holiday) and January 5, 2019 (Sat.) – January 27 (Sun.)

Approximately 60 antique lacquerware objects from Japan and China from the museum collection will be on display. There is a long history of handicrafts made with lacquer, dating back to the Neolithic age in China and the Jomon period in Japan. Lacquer dries hard to form a waterproof seal while providing a beautiful luster. For such reasons it was used in a variety of ways—on ordinary vessels for eating and drinking, tea utensils, personal ornaments, stationery, and implements and adornments for temples and shrines. Visitors will see objects made from a single lacquer color, black or vermillion, lacquerware sprinkled with gold or silver dust, even mother-of-pearl lacquerware with bright blues and reds.

Major Works to Be Exhibited

Shu-urushi Kusuri-tsubo (Red-lacquered medicine jar) Muromachi – Momoyama period, Japan

Makie Akikusamon Hiranatsume Edo period, Japan

Makie Koi Zu Inro (Gold lacquer inro with carp design) Edo period, Japan

Shu-urushi Jihai (Vermilion lacquer) Han Dynasty, China

Kokushitsu Kikagataren (Black lacquer box with hollyhock design) Northern and Southern Song Dynasty, China

Raden Rokakusansui Nijushikozu Rokuryogata-go (Raden six-lobed foliate covered box with design of landscape and pavilions and the Twenty-four Paragons of Filial Piety) China's Ming Dynasty


Opening Hours 10:00 am—5:00 pm (Last admission: 4:30 pm)