Unfortunately this exhibition’s last day is tomorrow . It hasn’t been widely advertised and is almost invisible within the Institute being in the tiny Gallery 4 . Also the leaflets outside refer to the major exhibition ! However if you can get to it it is lovely . Historically ‘modern’ refers to the time after the Meiji restoration (1868) when Japan was opened up to the West by force . This had interesting effects on European painting and the blurb for this exhibition suggests a reciprocal effect on Japanese sculpture . I don’t know – to my eye the work looks very much like netsuke (I hope I have remembered correctly) but a bit bigger . 8 out of the 9 pieces are carved in wood and 7 of the 8 are painted . I would have thought that was all pretty traditional , particularly with the skill and resulting beauty . The piece shown above ( one of two which are obviously modern/Western influenced ) is both clever in its idea and brilliant in execution – the stone and it’s carved wooden copy are displayed together . More favourites –
The stand is also so beautifully made !
This is of a toad hibernating . The bottom of the case reflects the base of the piece .
Good enough to eat ! (Supposing you like and are permitted to eat seafood , of course .)