Seikado Zoo - Animal Arts

Seikado Bunko Art Museum

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Animals have been a much-loved subject matter in both Occidental and Oriental art throughout history. Their power and agility, but also their potency as auspicious symbols of fertility and bountiful harvests, and even human morality have inspired a multitude of creations in their image. On display in this exhibition are charming ceramic animal figurines, incense burners and tea ceremony utensils created in Tang Sancai (Chinese tricolor glaze), Bizen and Hirado Japanese pottery styles; fish and insects rendered in mother-of-pearl inlay on lacquerware, and playful netsuke miniature sculptures of elephants and monkeys from the Edo Period. Many of these pieces in Seikado Bunko Art Museum’s permanent collection will be shown to the public for the first time.

[Image: Shigemi, Sancai shishi lion, Tang Dynasty (8th century); Blue and white porcelain pheasant incense burner, Edo Period (17th century)]



From 2013-05-25 To 2013-07-15



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