Japan

Japan’s art reflects the historical development of its culture and the aesthetic sensibilities of its people. The Museum’s collection contains a variety of works, including painting and calligraphy in the form of screens, scrolls, and albums, as well as ancient to modern ceramics, lacquerware, cloisonné, basketry, and Heian (794–1185) and Kamakura (1185–1333) period Buddhist and Shinto sculpture. Also featured are special collections of woodblock prints and drawings from the Edo period (1615–1868) to the present that reflect cycles of mutual exchange of visual, material, and intellectual culture with its Asian neighbors and the West.