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Exhibitions

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Commemorating the Opening of The Museum of the Imperial Collections, Sannomaru Shozokan The Aesthetics of the Imperial Court Beauty Passed Down through the Ages

Dates:
November 3 (Fri.), 2023 – June 23 (Sun.), 2024
Venue:
The Museum of the Imperial Collections, Sannomaru Shozokan
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Masterpieces from The Museum of the Imperial Collections, Sannomaru Shozokan Beauty Connecting the Imperial Court and Kagawa

Dates:
April 20 (Sat.), 2024 – May 26 (Sun.), 2024
Venue:
The Museum Kagawa
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Wild Wonders: The Animal Kingdom in the Imperial Collections

Dates:
July 9 (Tue.), 2024 – September 1 (Sun.), 2024
Venue:
The Museum of the Imperial Collections, Sannomaru Shozokan

News

April 26,2024
TICKETS ON SALE (for admission from May 21 to June 23, 2024; online system)
April 25,2024
15-minute gallery talks (in Japanese) take place on May 24, 28, and June 7.
March 22,2024
TICKETS ON SALE (for admission from Apr. 9 to May. 12, 2024; online system)
March 19,2024
Five works in our collection to be newly designated as National Treasure / Important Cultural Properties

Collection in Focus

Pair of Vases with Grape Vines and Squirrels

Seiji Gaisha Company
early Meiji period, 19th century
h. 97.8 x diam. 52.0 cm each

The giant vases, with height of almost one meter, are decorated with squirrels and grape vines, which are traditional motifs in East Asia. The grape leaves are delicately rendered with nuanced gradation of colors in underglaze blue, overglaze enamels and gold. Such realistic depiction of motifs is a major difference from the earlier Hizen porcelains made in the Edo period (1615–1868). The Seiji Gaisha Company was established in Arita in 1879 and produced high quality porcelains for the export market using the latest machinery from Limoges, France, until its closure around 1897.

“Fresh Fruit” from Album of Felicitous Clouds and Shine (Keiunyosai)

Yamamura Kouka (1885–1942)
1922
32.0 x 39.0 cm

This Album was made in memory of the first visit of Emperor Showa, who was Crown Prince at the time, to the ninth Nihon Bijutsuin (Japan Art Academy) exhibition in 1922. Yokoyama Taikan (1868–1958) and his colleague artists colorfully painted various motifs such as landscapes, flowers, birds, and figures. Fruitful grapes and pomegranates depicted on a Kakiemon bowl in this painting are traditionally auspicious motifs, both symbolizing fertility. The fresh fruits and the white porcelain bowl give a refreshing contrast here.

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