Autumn Special Exhibition 2016
Japanese mounting articles, such as sliding doors, folding screens and partitions, have been essential furniture items since olden times in the large residences of aristocrats, temples and shrines in order to separate a room and to prevent things being shown to others.
They were not only used as partitions in the room but were cherished as an important method to change the atmosphere of the room and adorn it with beautiful paintings depicting natural sceneries and auspicious motifs.
Splendid Beauty of Japanese Mounting Articles
Recently, Byodoin Temple finished restoring a decorative partition which was made following the classical Ming Dynasty style in China. In the restoration process, it was revealed that a special lacquer technique called Ginsen (pigment using real silver) was employed for fringing the outline of the clouds. The costume of the philosopher is decorated with colored lacquer and fine carving patterns while the uneven surface of the large pine tree trunk is represented by a gorgeous mother-of-pearl inlay. The extraordinary craftsmanship in those days all come together on this partition.
Another highlight of this exhibition is that a large folding screen depicting the boundary area separating Rakuchu (central Kyoto) and Rakugai (out of Kyoto), stretching from the Uji and Fushimi region to the Higashiyama region, will be exhibited for the first time. This is such a valuable historical article since the wooden frames of the Kita-daimon Gate of Byodoin Temple which burnt down in a fire in 1698 is included.
Experience this splendid world adorned with a variety of Japanese mounting articles and feel the essence of classical Japanese architecture.
Exhibition period: October 22nd (Sat.), 2016 – January 9th (Mon., national holiday), 2017 *Open every day during the exhibition period.
Hours: 9:00-17:00 (Byodoin Museum Hoshokan)
Admission: Included in the admission fee for Byodoin Temple
Adults: 600 yen, Junior High and High School Students: 400 yen, Elementary School Students: 300 yen
Sponsored by: Byodoin Temple
Venue: Byodoin Museum Hoshokan (116 Uji Renge, Uji City, Kyoto)
Color painting on wood board
Ming Dynasty Period (1368-1644)
Owned by Jodoin Temple (belong to Byodoin Temple)