Teapot

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  This small nineteenth century teapot is decorated in a style that was developed in the Kyushu region following the sixteenth century Japanese invasion of Korea. With the relocation of skilled Korean potters to the Japanese isles, Satsuma ware developed as a style of Japanese pottery. Though it originally developed as utilitarian, with dark clay [...]

Tsuba of a Katana, Long Sword

This sixteenth century steel tsuba was crafted for a katana, or what is commonly referred to as a samurai sword. The tsuba is of the Genshu Suruga style and very plain in its overall design. Each tsuba shape has its own name, the simple circular shape being known as Maru Gata. Katanas and other Japanese [...]

Painted Porcelain Bowls

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This set of two painted porcelain bowls were created in the Jingdezhen province of China. These bowls feature a design of a Western dragon in blue glaze on the inside. The Western dragon is associated with anger and isolation, rather than strength and wisdom like its Eastern counterpart. The outside of the bowl is a [...]

Tea Bowl, Korean Type

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This tea bowl was created around 1850, by a Kyoto-based potter by the name of Lokuba. As the capital and seat of the Imperial Court in Japan for over 1000 years, Kyoto set the quality standard for arts and crafts. Artists who hail from this region are considered to be some of the best, and [...]

Arita Ware Plate

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Framed by peonies and plum blossoms, two pheasants grace the center of this dish. The plate is vibrantly colored with rich shades of blue, pink, green, orange, yellow, gold, black, grey, and white. The scene depicted on the plate is heavily influenced by nature, specifically some of the flora and fauna local to the area. [...]

View of Shiomi Slope, Shirasuga (Shirasuga, Shiomizaka zu), No. 33 from the series Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido

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This print was made by Hiroshige Ando, a great Japanese printmaker famous for his landscape series and woodblock techniques. Hiroshige came from the Samurai class, and was charged with preventing fires in Edo Castle. This responsibility left him with much leisure time, and at the age of fourteen he started to learn traditional painting, which [...]

Nativity

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This woodblock print was created by Sadao Watanabe, a famous Japanese printmaker of the twentieth century. Watanabe is best known for his biblical productions made in the traditional Japanese style. The scene depicted here is of a nativity, with three men praying over a child being held by its mother. The print is primarily monochrome, [...]

Elijah

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This monochrome woodblock print depicts a man prostrate with angels alongside him. Above the man and angels, there is a chariot driven by God. Hiroshi, or Yo, Iwashita was born in 1917, but beyond that little is known about the artist. His woodblock prints are considered highly popular and continue in the long Japanese tradition [...]

Photo Album

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This beautiful photo album is comprised of photos taken before 1890, some of which were taken by photographer Felice Beato in Japan. Beato spent more than 20 years in Japan, and through his photos he provided a rare visual record of a Japan that was restricted to foreign travelers. Filled with hand tinted photographs of [...]

Cacoon Vase

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This style of terracotta vase, dated to the Han Dynasty, is known as a cocoon vase. This style of vase was very popular in the earlier years of the Han Dynasty, but dwindled in popularity as time went on, nearly falling out of use by the end of the dynasty. This style of vase has [...]