Illustrated Handscrolls

Feature Exhibition
Hear Me Roar: Celebrating the Year of the Tiger
January 2, 2022 - February 13, 2022

2022 is the Year of the Tiger. The tiger has a rich history in Japanese art, despite the fact that it is not native to Japan. How did people depict an animal that they could not observe in real life? Artists and craftsmen of the past relied on a mix of pictures, stories, and fur pelts imported from distant lands as a basis for imagining what these ferocious felines must have looked like. The tigers assembled in this exhibition represent a diverse range of understandings that the people of Japan and East Asia brought to this most mysterious of wild animals.

1. From Ferocious to Adorable: All Kinds of Tigers

Tigers are a large carnivorous species of cat known for their sleek black stripes and powerful yet graceful form. In East Asia, the tiger has been viewed both as a mighty beast and as an auspicious animal with mysterious powers. Artistic depictions of tigers, however, include representations that might look silly, friendly, or even sweet, like a pet housecat. What is your favorite kind of tiger?

 

Feature Exhibition   Hear Me Roar: Celebrating the Year of the Tiger

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