Arts of Japan: Head of a Guardian, Japan, Kamakura period, 13th century. Hinoki cypress wood with lacquer on cloth, pigment, rock crystal, metal, 22 56 x 26 x 35.4 cm, Brooklyn Museum, gift of Mr and Mrs Alastair B Martin, the Guennol Collection. All Photos: Brooklyn Museum

Asian Art Newspaper takes a look at the newly opened Arts of Japan gallery at Brooklyn Museum, New York, which features kimono, noh masks, teaware, Japanese prints, lacquerware, Shinto sculpture, and much more. Following a multiyear renovation and the reopening… Continue reading


Two Men in a Raft, Sakaki Hyakusen, circa 1740s, ink on paper, hanging scroll, 36 3/4 in, BAMPFA, private collection. Nanga Painting

Asian Art Newspaper discovers the work of Sakaki Hyakusen, the Japanese artist who established the Nanga School in 18th-century Japan, as well as works by Gion Nankai, Yanagisawa Kien and Yosa Buson. This is the first North American exhibition focused… Continue reading

Kotohira Shrine: Hidden Treasures from Shikoku

TIGERS by Maruyama Okyo, 1787, sliding door panels, ink and gold leaf on paper, from the Chief Priest’s quarters and rooms of the Kotohira’ guest house

THE KOTOHIRA SHRINE – popularly known as Konpira-San – is well-known as one of the main religious centres on the island of Shikoku. Until three bridges were built during recent decades to connect the mainland and ruin the previously magical… Continue reading