Head of Guardian. Japan. Kamakura period (1185-1333), 13th century. Hinoki wood with polychrome, inlaid rock crystal eyes, filigree metal crown, 22 1/16 x 10 ¼ x 13 15/16 in. (56 x 26 x 35.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alastair B. Martin, the Guennol Collection, 86.21. (Photo: Brooklyn Museum)
This fall, we unveil a new gallery for our Arts of Japan collection following a multiyear renovation.
In this inaugural installation, seventy objects from our collection illustrate the sophistication of Japanese art-making technologies and explore the dialogue between tradition and innovation in Japan. Featuring masterworks of Buddhist sculpture, vivid Ukiyo-e prints, exquisite screen paintings, and cutting-edge contemporary ceramics, the gallery highlights two thousand years of artistic achievement. In acknowledgement of the cultural diversity within the region, the installation also includes highlights from our important collection of artifacts from the Ainu people of northern Japan, material that is rarely shown in an art museum setting