Ancient Artworks on Parade: Dogū, Haniwa, Pottery, Bronzes and More from Japan and China

October 5th (Saturday),2019~March 29th (Sunday),2020

This exhibition brings together approximately eighty ceramic and bronze pieces from ancient Japan and China. It also features Persian Ceramics, a genre that developed while being influenced by China. These Persian Ceramics pieces are on public display for the first time ever.

Jōmon pottery appeared over ten thousand years ago. These pieces were decorated using a variety of techniques, including rope patterning, clay ropes, and openwork. Their beauty goes beyond their intended uses of boiling food and storage. From the same time period we also find clay figures, called “Dogū,” with rich individual characteristics. They are thought to have been created to pray for the flourishing of descendants, a rich harvest, and so on. On the other hand, standing in contrast to Dogū are Haniwa’s charming simple appearances. These figures, which were made during the Kofun Period (5th to 6th c.), were lined up on kofun tombs to recreate rituals. Turning to bronzes from ancient China (17th c. BC to 3rd c., we find stately forms with a feeling of tension as well as intricate patterns. They were primary made used as ritual implements for worshiping the spirits of ancestors.

For this exhibition, we’ve taken advantage of Okada Museum of Art’s wide-ranging collection of Eastern art to create a space in the exhibition for comparing works from Japan and China. Visitors are invited to take note of different shapes and patterns while comparing Jōmon pottery and Chinese bronzes, Haniwa and Chinese tomb figures, and more. Go back to time immemorial and witness a parade of fascinating artworks.

Introduces some of the artworks currently on display.

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Deep Vessel with Flame Edges

First half of the Middle Jōmon period  3000 B.C.-2000 B.C.
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Dogû

Final Jōmon period  1000 B.C.-400 B.C.
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Haniwa Woman with Jar on her Head and Women with Cups

Kofun period  5th—6th century
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Haniwa Horse with Saddle

Kofun period  5th—6th century
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Fang Lei (Square Wine Jar) with Taotie design

Late Yin (Shang) Dynasty  14th—11th century B.C.
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Large Ding (Tripod Cauldron) with Panchi (Coiling Dragon) Design

Late Spring and Autumn Period  6th—5th century B.C.
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Vase with Beast-shaped Handles with Wave Design

Western Han dynasty  3rd century B.C.-3rd century
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Dog Figurine

Tang dynasty  8th century
Next Exhibition

Hokusai’s Paintings, with additional Woodblock Print and Shunga Masterpieces: Commemorating the 260th Anniversary of the Artist’s Birth

April 5th (Sunday),2020~September 27th (Sunday),2020

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