- Metalwork of the Muromachi Period
- May 26, 2015 - July 20, 2015
The Muromachi Period (1336-1573) 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, and they percolated together during an eventful 240 years beginning with the fall of the Kamakura Shogunate and the strife-torn Nanboku-cho era, 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 Sengoku ("warring states") era. Here, we present metalwork of the period, which in addition to relics of the aristocratic Kitayama and Higashiyama cultures of Kyoto, includes masterworks from regional cultures around Japan that advanced while Kyoto fell into decline during the civil wars of the 15th and 16th centuries.