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Saturday, November 23(national holiday)－Sunday, March 23, 2014
General admission 800 yen / University & high school students 480 yen
"Ding Ware: The World of White Elegance –Recent Archaeological Findings"
Ding ware, one of the five great kilns of Song China and known for its elegant white porcelain with a distinct ivory tinge, had been treasured by the court since the Tang dynasty, through the Five Dynasties period, Song and Jin dynasties. The location of the kiln site had long been a mystery but was discovered in the first half of the 20th century in Quyang County, Hebei Province. Recently a large-scale excavation took place, which revealed many new findings, making this project one of the most significant discoveries in Chinese history of ceramics. This exhibition displays approximately 60 pieces excavated most recently, all of which are extremely important materials to elucidate the history of Ding white porcelain. Through these pieces, shown to the Japanese public for the first time, the exhibition will pursue the secrets of the beauty of Ding white porcelain.
Featured Exhibition: "TSUKAMOTO Kaiji ― In Quest of the Beauty of Ding Ware"
TSUKAMOTO Kaiji (1912-1990), Holder of Important Intangible Cultural Property, was fascinated with Ding ware of the Song dynasty, which brought him inspiration to produce elegant, noble wares. With the cooperation of potter and son of Kaiji, Mr. Tsukamoto Mitsuru, this exhibition shows approximately 20 pieces by Kaiji.
- ■ Chinese and Korean Ceramics of the Ataka Collection
- ■ Korean Ceramics of the Rhee Byung-Chang Collection
- ■ Japanese Ceramics
- ■ Chinese Snuff Bottles of the Oki Shoichiro Collection
Also on display:
National Treasure, TEA BOWL, Tenmoku glaze with silvery spots (yuteki)