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Exhibition dates:             March 10 - August 13, 2000
Exhibition locations:        The Arts of Japan in The Sackler Wing

    In conjunction with the exhibition Masterpieces of Japanese Art from the Mary Griggs Burke Collection, which will be on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art  from March 28 through June 25, a special installation of 140 works opens on March 10 in the Art of  Japan galleries in The Sackler Wing.  Drawn entirely from the Museum's permanent collection, Blossoms of Many Colors.. Selections from the Permanent Collection of Japanese Art celebrates the many benefactors, past and resent, whose generosity has enriched the Metropolitan's Japanese art collection over tile past 90 years.

     "The Metropolitan Museum's superb collection of Japanese all would not have been possible without our devoted donors," said Philippe de Montebello, Director of the Museum. "Their extraordinary generosity has dramatically enriched and expanded the breadth of our collection."

    Organized chronologically from the earliest Japanese cultures of around 3000 B.C. to the Edo period (1615-1868), the installation features various media such as ceramics, handscrolls, hanging scrolls, screens, and lacquerware. Among the many masterpieces on view is an early-15th-century hanging scroll, Life of the Buddha: Abandoning Palace Life from the Muromachi period (1392-1568), an illustrated narrative of the life of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni.

    Blossoms of Many Colors was organized by Miyeko Murase, Atstumi Professor Emerita of Columbia University and Research Curator in the Metropolitan Museum's Department of Asian Art, and Masako Watanabe, Senior Research Associate at the Metropolitan.. Graphics are by Sue Koch, Senior Graphic Designer, and lighting by Clint Coller and Richard Lichte, Lighting Assistants, all of tile Museum's Design Department.


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Kato Nobuyuki (1734-1810)

Ten Rakan Examining a Painting of White-Robed Kannon


Hanging scroll;Ink , color , and gold on paper

130 . 3  57 .7  cm




Tawaraya Sotetsu (died ca.1640)

Tales of Ise (Ise monogatari) : Utsu no yama

Edo period

Album leaf , mounted as a hunging scroll , ink , color , abd gold on paper

168 . 6  166  cm




Shibata Zeshin (1868-1912)



Folding screen ; ink , color , and gold on paper

168 . 6  166  cm



Plate with Pumpkins


Hizen ware , Aode Ko Kutani Style : Porcelain with overglaze enamels

Diameter  37 . 8  cm




kanbun Beauty

Late 17th century

Hanging scroll : ink , color , and gold paper

61 . 2  24 . 4  cm




Shibata Zenshin (1807-1891)

Stacked Food Boxes (jyubako) with Taro Plants and Chrysanthemums

19th century

42  23  24 . 5  cm





Fudo Myo-ou

Kamakura period , early 13th century

Sculpture : hinoki , color , gold , and kirikane , inlaid with crystal

height  51 . 5  cm




Water Jar  (Mizusashi)

Momoyama period , late 16th century

Iga ware , stoneware with natural-ash glaze

Height  20 . 6  cm




Relief Tile with Buddhist Triad

Asuka period, 7th century

Earthware with traces of polychrome

24 . 5  19 . 6  3 . 7 cm




Ikeda Koson (1802-1867)

The Thirty-six Immoral Poet

Edo period

Two-panel folding screen : ink and color on silk

172 . 8   174 . 6  cm




Utagawa Hirosige (1797-1858)

Jewel river at Ide (Ide no Tamagawa)


Woodblock print 

36 . 2  24 . 5 cm


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