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Guided Tour – ‘A Secret Beauty’ – The Spirit of Japanese Maki-e

07 Sep

A Secret Beauty: The Spirit of Japanese Maki-e An exhibition of the Lacquer Work of Koyanagi Tanekuni.

Lacquer has been used in Japan for almost 10,000 years to protect and decorate objects, such as wood, bamboo, earthenware, and textiles. As a decorative medium, lacquer has had a high status in Japan.

The lacquerware decorated in gold and silver particles known as ‘Maki-e’, which was first introduced in the 8th century, is a culmination of Japanese aesthetic sensibility and purity.

The value and prestige of lacquerware is shown by the status of its patrons, which included emperors, nobilities, shoguns and daimyos. Guest curator Dr Arichi will take us on a tour of the exhibition and provide insight into the significance of lacquer in Japan, the artist’s life and the pieces on display.

Dr Arichi is an expert in the History of Japanese Art, a Senior Teaching Fellow at SOAS, and is also an accredited lecturer of The Arts Society.


The meeting point is inside the gallery foyer from 14.45 to 14.55. ‘Different Planet’ signs will be clearly visible at our point of congregation. Numbers are limited to 25 people. Attendance is free. Kindly RSVP to confirm your place. Looking forward to meeting members on the day.


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7, September 2019
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
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