Flower and Plant Designs in Imari Ware

Toguri Museum of Art

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In Japan, ever since ancient times, it has been a custom to enjoy the plants and flowers of the four seasons. For this reason, one often sees plant and flower designs in traditional crafts. Imari ware is no exception, and plant and flower motifs were often incorporated in both shape and added designs. In 1828, the first Japanese botanical compendium was published, becoming the foundation for all future plant and flower encyclopedias. Titled “Honzo Zufu (Iconographia Plantarum, or Diagrams and Chronicles of Botany), it was written by Kan’en Iwasaki and richly illustrated with woodblock prints. Referencing this important botanical work, the Toguri Museum of Art organized this exhibition in encyclopedic fashion, as a compendium of botanical designs seen in Imari ware. Please imagine yourself turning the pages of a beautiful botanical encyclopedia as you enjoy the approximately 80 fine works on display.

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from July 04, 2018 to September 22, 2018
Closed on Mondays, except for July 16 (public holiday) and Sep. 17 (public holiday). Closed on July 17 (Tues) and July 18 (Tues). Open 10:00–20:00 on Fridays.

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