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Collection Exhibition
Colorful: Chinese Ming and Qing Dynasty Decorative Arts
May 31st, Saturday - July 13th, Sunday, 2014
Closed Mondays
Hours 10 am to 5 pm
(entrance closed at 4:30 pm)
General admission Adult 1000 yen, Student 800 yen
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The Nezu Museum presents an exhibition of colorful works from the Museum’s collection, Chinese Ming and Qing Dynasty Decorative Arts.
The Nezu Museum’s Ming and Qing dynasty decorative arts are superb in both number and quality, featuring tea ceremony utensils collected by the Museum’s founder Nezu Kaichirō Sr., along with imperial kiln wares for visual appreciation other than for tea use, and the donation of the Nagata Makiko collection of Chinese lacquerware, considered one of the finest in Japan. This exhibition highlights a selection of approximately 50 examples of decorative arts from the Chinese Ming and Qing dynasties from the Museum’s collection.
We hope that visitors will enjoy this colorful world of decorative arts from China, home to high levels of techniques and styles.

Gallery Exhibits

Important Cultural Property
Dish with Flower and Plant Design
China Ming dynasty, 15th century
Nezu Museum
Production of large dishes flourished in China from the Yuan dynasty onwards. This dish was fired at the Jingdezhen kilns during the early Ming dynasty Yongle era (1403–1425), and was made for imperial use. The floral motif in the center is large and drawn in flowing lines. This accomplished brushwork, along with the use of modulated blue pigment tones, results in an ink painting-like effect.
Dish with Magnolia Design
China Qing dynasty, Yongzheng era (1723–1736)
Nezu Museum
This dish is decorated with a white floral design against a lapis blue glaze background. This type of white design/lapis blue ground ware can be found in the Yuan dynasty, and they were also produced at the imperial kilns during the Ming dynasty Xuande era (1425-1435). This dish is probably a copy of a Xuande era imperial ware. Its intricacy is accompanied by a brilliant mood.
Tray with Peony Design
China Ming dynasty, Yongle era (1403–1425)
Nezu Museum
This tray is covered with a large peony blossom design. High-quality cinnabar lacquer was applied in thick layers, and then carved into a bold, three-dimensional design. The inscription incised on the back of the tray indicates that it was for imperial household use. An historical record indicates that this type of cinnabar lacquer tray was presented to the Muromachi shogunate as a gift from Emperor Yongle.
Tray with Dragon Design
China Ming dynasty, dated 1595
Nezu Museum
A large five-toed dragon with claws spread fills the center of this tray. This tray is quite valuable among polychrome lacquer inlay wares for its use of small dots on the ground carved by a sharp, needle-like tool.