"Masterpieces of the Toguri Museum of Art: Ko-imari - Craftsmanship and Beauty of the Edo Period" Exhibition

Toguri Museum of Art

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The Toguri Museum of Art opened on November 21, 1987. This year, to mark the 20th anniversary of the museum's foundation, a series of commemorative exhibitions are being held featuring selected masterpieces from the museum's collection. The first of these exhibitions showcases some of the finest of the museum's many Ko-imari ware pieces, which form the core of the museum's repertory.

Porcelain was first produced in Japan at the beginning of the 17th century in the Hizen region of Kyushu (part of modern day Saga and Nagasaki prefectures). Because the finished products were shipped around the country from the port of Imari, they came to be referred to in these markets as Imari-yaki, or Imari ware. Today, Imari ware produced mainly during the Edo period is known as Ko-imari, or old Imari ware.

Over the years, this collection of Ko-imari ware, which represents a diverse range of styles, has grown to the point where visitors are now able to survey the entire history of Imari ware. By viewing works in various styles including works typical of the styles mentioned above as well as masterpieces that demonstrate the most superb craftsmanship, it is possible to observe the development over time of Ko-imari ware.

Now an indispensable part of our daily lives, porcelain is the product of an ongoing process of evolution of techniques developed through the extraordinary efforts and great ingenuity of ceramicists over countless generations. This exhibition, which brings together under a single roof some of the great masterpieces of Ko-imari ware, offers the visitor a valuable opportunity to survey the entire history of Ko-imari ware and enjoy to the full the skill and beauty of the craftsmen of the Edo period.


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