Im­pe­rial Splen­dours

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The Musée Na­tional des Arts Asi­a­tiques - Guimet is host­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion filled with beau­ti­ful works and ob­jects to com­mem­o­rate the 150th an­niver­sary of the Meiji era, the pe­riod from 1868 to 1912, a pe­riod that would be piv­otal in the his­tory of Ja­pan. The show, en­ti­tled Meiji, Splen­dours of Im­pe­rial Ja­pan, brings to­gether over 350 pieces il­lus­trat­ing the va­ri­ety and sump­tu­ous­ness of this lit­tle-known pe­riod in the his­tory of Ja­panese art. The show takes a look at Ja­pan from the in­cep­tion of Em­peror Meiji’s rule dur­ing which the coun­try would open up to the rest of the world and its in­dus­try and econ­omy would be­come Western­ised. Dur­ing this time artis­tic and craft cre­ativ­ity abounded as the show demon­strates through myr­iad ob­jects like a lac­quered in­cense burner in sil­ver, gold, gilded bronze and topped off with a fal­con as well as an ar­ray of enam­elled boxes and vases. - P.V.

Show­ing through to Jan­uary 14th 6 Place d’Iéna (16th), 01 56 52 53 44

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