Past Exhibitions

Metalwork of the Muromachi Period II
January 2, 2020 - February 9, 2020

The Muromachi period (1392–1573) could be called the cradle of Japanese civilization as we know it today. The culture of the nobility, which arose in Kyoto during the Heian period (794–1185), blended together with the samurai culture originating in eastern Japan during the Kamakura period (1185–1333) and the latest cultural developments from continental Asia. They percolated together during an eventful 240 years beginning with the fall of the Kamakura shogunate and the strife-torn Nanbokuchō period (1333–1392), during which there were two rival Imperial courts in Kyoto and Nara; the stable rule of the Muromachi shogunate; and the chaos of the feudalistic civil war.

In this section, we present metalwork of the period, which in addition to relics of the aristocratic Kitayama and Higashiyama cultures of Kyoto, includes masterworks from regions all over Japan that advanced while Kyoto fell into decline during the civil wars of the 15th and 16th centuries. Among others, this includes celebrated kettles that were used in the tea gatherings of the period.

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