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Kuboso Memorial Museum of Arts,Izumi

  Kuboso Memorial Museum of Arts, Izumi houses more than 11,000 cultural properties mainly focused on Oriental art objects, such as paintings and applied arts of Japan and China, including some extended loans from individual collectors( as of July, 2010).

Japanese Calligraphy and Paintings

  As for major works of calligraphy, we have one National Treasure "Kasen Uta-awase"(130 poems composed by 30 masters of the poets on handscroll, 11th century, Japan). Other notable works are both Important Cultural Properties, "Kino Tsurayuki shu-ge", segment of anthology of Tsurayuki's poems (two segments of "Ishiyama-gire" codex joined, 12th century, Japan) and "Kumano Kaishi", one of the poems composed at a poetry party held during Emperor Go-Toba's journey to Wakayama Prefecture(13th century, Japan).

  In the genre of Japanese paintings, we have illustrated narrative handscrolls "Ise Monogatari Emaki"( a handscroll of illustrated scenes from the Tales of Ise, 13th century, Japan, Important Cultural Property) and "Komakurabe Gyōkō Emaki (a handscroll of illustrated scenes from the "Horserace" chapter of the "Eiga Monogatari"[Story of glory],13th century, Japan, Important Cultural Property). We also have a collection of approximately 6000 pieces of ukiyo-e woodblock print, which were donated by Mr. Tsunehiko Kubo & his sons in 2004, 2008 and 2009. This collection includes landscape prints by Katsushika Hokusai and Utagawa Hiroshige, portrait by Kitagawa Utamaro, Tōshūsai Sharaku, and Hasegawa Sadanobu. Katsushika Hokusai's landscape of red Mt. Fuji "Fine Wind, Clear Morning" is one of the famous prints.

"Komakurabe Gyōkō Emaki"

"Komakurabe Gyōkō Emaki" (13th century, Japan, Important Cultural Property)

Chinese Calligraphy and Paintings

  We have "Jū-ō-kyō", Buddhist scripture excavated in Dunhuang, (10th century, China, Five Dynasties to Northern Song Dynasty, Important Cultural Property), and "Zhong Kui", a portrait of the daemon of plague, (14th century, China, Yuan Dynasty, Important Cultural Property).

  And the modern paintings of Teiseidō Collection, donated by Mr. Munetake Hayashi in 2000, which consists of 412 paintings, are quite distinguished in content.

"Zhong Kui"
"Zhong Kui"
(14th century, China, Yuan Dynasty, Important Cultural Property)

Ceramics

  Celadon vase with phoenix handles produced at Longquan potters known as "Bansei" (12~13th century, Southern Song Dynasty, China, National Treasure), Flower vase of ryūgo (standing hourglass-shaped hand drum) shape,Ki(Yellow) seto type, known as "Tabi-makura" (a portable pillow for trip)(16th century, Japan, Important Cultural property), and Tea Bowl, Karatsu ware, known as "Sampō"(three treasures) (16th century, Japan, Important Cultural Property) are some of the main objects of our collection.

"Bansei"
"Bansei"
(12~13th century, Southern Song Dynasty, China, National Treasure)

Metalwork

  Among 1500 metal works including 7 Important Cultural Properties are "Incense burner with handle in shape of magpie tail" (bronze, 6th century, China), and "Tao tie wen jia" (a bronze pitcher with a design of faces of beasts for warming liquor, 15~13th century B.C., China). Also 250 bronze mirrors of Japan and China and bronze ware of Shang Dynasty (15th century B.C., China) are the main works which feature our collection.

  Bronze mirror with design of a stream, chrysanthemums and paired cranes (13~14th century, Japan)

"Incense burner with handle in shape of magpie tail"
"Incense burner with handle in shape of magpie tail"
(bronze, 6th century, China)

Other Oriental Art

  The museum has jades of ancient China, tea implements for tea ceremonies of green leaf tea from 18th century China, metal works from ancient West Asia, etc.

"Yixing"
"Yixing" clay teapot(Purple clay, Qing dynasty, China)

Western Art

  Western paintings and sculptures by Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Pablo Picasso, Auguste Rodin, etc. are exhibited regularly in the New Hall

"Water lilies"
"Water lilies"
( Claude Monet, 1907, France)
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