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Radiant Raden Exhibition at Nezu Museum
Dec 17, 2020 at 8:00 am - 5:00 pm¥1,300
Marvel at the fine traditional arts of Japan and East Asia at the “Radiant Raden” Exhibition at the Nezu Museum. The exhibition boasts an elegant collection of lacquerware decorated with raden across East Asia. Japan, the Ryukyu Kingdom, China and the Korean Peninsula are represented in the collection.
Raden is a decorative technique using the linings of shells with a lustrous, iridescent nacre or mother-of-pearl layer, which are then cut into pieces and inlayed or glued onto the lacquerware surface, creating intricate, tasteful patterns. These range from ordered geometric patterns to elegant floral motifs, through to intricate depictions of religious figures and deities.
The exhibit traces not only the history of this traditional art form, but also the dynamic interactions between the kingdoms of East Asia. One can trace the myriad cultural, religious and political forces that shaped and defined the region.
The Nezu Museum is open from 10am – 5pm (last entry 4:30pm).
Note that the Nezu Museum is closed on Mondays except Jan 11, 2021 and Jan 12, 2021.
General admission ticket prices are ¥1,300 for adults and ¥1,000 for students.