Friday, August 23, 2013

Bamboo for You

A treasure from a pivotal period in Japanese history. In 1868, the Tokugawa era found an end in the Meiji Restoration. The emperor Meiji was moved from Kyoto to Tokyo, which became the new capital. A decree was made wherein production shifted away from armor and swords, and a  movement towards decorative arts was established, ushering in an open trade with the western world. The world's fairs would soon find fascinating items similar to this 19th century bronze vase with sterling silver bamboo motif inlay representing the new Japan.

No comments:

Post a Comment