| Japanese Cultural Heroes
Opening: Saturday, June 6, 2013, 8 p.m
Sei Shônagon (ca. 966-1017; 清少納言)
From the series: "Three great women of the Shippo circle" (Shipporen daijo samban) Totoya Hokkei (1780-1850; 魚屋北渓)Signature: Go Hokkei (呉 北渓Woodblock colour print (nishiki-e), shikishiban, ca. 1828 Tikotin Collection. P-U 671 21.2x18.3 cm
The traditional cultural heroes of Japan were role-models of behavior and basis of universal concept. They embody the central values of society and are revered. They put themselves in dangerous situations and had great courage, coming to the fore during decisive events in the history of Japan, even sacrificing themselves for worthy causes. Art, literature and theater played a central role in their depiction and in national, and even international, awareness.
The Land of Gold
Tsuba (sword handguard) Tortoiseshell hexagons with decorative motifs Iron and gold inlay Gift of Hillda and Daniel Lebow, New York, ME-581
"The people of the Isle of Zipangu (Japan) have great quantities of gold. The king's palace is of pure gold, and the floors are of gold two fingers thick." Thus wrote the Venetian Marco Polo (1254-1324) in his book "The Travels of Marco Polo", causing Europeans believe that "Zipangu" was the land of gold. In fact, Japan never had such gold reserves, but her artist used gold to embellish Buddhist statues, screens, lacquer ware, ceramics and other items.
Selected Items from the Michael Rukin Collection I
Strokes 87-6 Hara Takeshi (原 健; 1942- ) Signature: Takeshi Hara Lithograph, 30/60 Bequest of Michael Rukin Boston, Ms-p 642
The print collection of Michael Rukin of Boston, witch includes some 250 prints I various techniques, was donated to the Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art at the end of 2012. It comprises works by the finest Japanese print artists of today, including: Amano Kazumi, Takahashi Sho, Fugakinami Rieku, Tetsuya Noda, Saito Takeshi, Hamada Kyoshi, Ikai Tadashi, Nagaoka Konityu, Isao Ikagami, Funasaka Yoshsuka, Hara Takashi, Koroda Shigeki, Amano Kunihiro, and others.