Tokyo National Museum: The Go Collection

  • Tuesday, October 30, 2012
  • Sunday, December 09, 2012
  • Tokyo National Museum, Japan

140th Anniversary Thematic Exhibitions: Netsuke: The Go Collection

140th Anniversary Thematic Exhibitions: Netsuke: The Go Collection 
Honkan Room 14   October 30, 2012 (Tue) - December 9, 2012 (Sun)

  
Netsuke, Rabbit and mortar design, Edo period, 18th century (Gift of Mr. Go Seinosuke)

Mr. Go Seinosuke (1865-1942) was a prominent entrepreneur who was influential in the Japanese economic world in the period from after World War I to before World War II. He was successful in reconstructing many companies in financial difficulties, and served in important positions such as member of the House of Peers, president of the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and chairman of the Japan External Trade Organization. At the same time, he collected netsuke for over 25 years, with the whole collection being bequeathed to the Tokyo National Museum.

Netsuke were used as toggles attached to cords for hanging inro(medicine cases) and tobacco pouches from the waist. The custom of using netsuke was lost after the Meiji era in Japan, though netsuke themselves attracted art collectors from the West. As a result, many netsuke were taken overseas, and it is told that Mr. Go, who was concerned to see this dispersal of netsuke, began to collect them to preserve fine works within Japan and pass them on to future generations.

The works collected by Mr. Go, with their comprehensiveness and high quality, are renowned as the Go Collection among lovers of netsuke. Works by all the major netsuke artisans from the Edo period to the Meiji era are included in the collection. This exhibition is a rare opportunity for the entire collection to be displayed, enabling the viewing of various themes and styles through comparing actual works.

 Major works in this exhibition
* Works listed below are in the TNM Collection unless otherwise indicated.
Netsuke, Clam design, Edo period, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Go Seinosuke)
Netsuke, Round shape with a Chinese beauty design, Edo period, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Go Seinosuke)
Netsuke, Rabbit and mortar design, Edo period, 18th century (Gift of Mr. Go Seinosuke)
Netsuke, Wind and thunder gods design, Edo period, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Go Seinosuke)
Netsuke, Monkey with mask design, Edo period, 18th century (Gift of Mr. Go Seinosuke)
Netsuke, Shojo (imaginary human-like animal) design, Meiji era, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Go Seinosuke)
Netsuke, Lady Tokiwa design, Edo period, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Go Seinosuke)
Netsuke, Noh mask Beshimi design, Edo period, 18th century (Gift of Mr. Go Seinosuke)
Netsuke, Dongfang Shuo with stolen peach design, Edo period, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Go Seinosuke)
Netsuke, Scene from the Noh play Takasago design, Edo period, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Go Senosuke)
Netsuke, Polishing the heart design, Edo period, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Go Seinosuke)
Netsuke, Sword smith design, Edo period, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Go Seinosuke)
Netsuke, Oharame (woman vendors from Ohara known to carry merchandise on their heads) design, Meiji era, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Go Seinosuke)
Netsuke, Scene from the noh play Takasago design, Meiji era, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Go Seinosuke)

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software