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Mukozuke (food dish), 1699-1712 (detail)

Contributions from many of America's most important 19th- and 20th-century collectors of Japanese art illuminate the varied the art and culture of Japan. Originating with the museum's inception in 1799, the collection contains many works considered rare even in Japan, with the late Edo- and Meiji-period collection ranking among the finest in the world. 

 

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Sign for Sword Hilt Maker, 19th century

Sign for Sword Hilt Maker, 19th century

Artist not identified
Wood, lacquer, rayskin, shell, iron

Friends of the Peabody Museum of Salem

Accession Number: E16473
Suzuribako (writing box), 1630-1660

Suzuribako (writing box), 1630-1660

Artist not identified
Japan
Mother-of-pearl, silver
H: 5.20 cm, L: 25.50 cm, W: 23.90 cm
Accession Number: E18077
Hyakumanto (miniature pagoda), 764-770

Hyakumanto (miniature pagoda), 764-770

Artist not identified
Japan
Wood, crushed shell, paper

Gift of Albert Bushnell Hart

Accession Number: E19318
Netsuke, late 18th-early 19th century

Netsuke, late 18th-early 19th century

Toyomasa (1773-1856)
Japan
Ivory, glass
H: 3.40 cm

Gift of E. G. Stillman

Accession Number: E26721
Sumiyoshi Festival, mid 17th century

Sumiyoshi Festival, mid 17th century

Kyoto School artist not identified
Japan
Ink and color on paper; gilding, lacquer, wood
H: 172.00 cm, L: 379.00 cm, image H: 156.00 cm, image L: 369.00 cm

Museum purchase

Accession Number: E300511
Shitanaga abumi (military stirrups), 17th century

Shitanaga abumi (military stirrups), 17th century

Ujimasa of Kaga Province (dates not known). Ishikawa Prefecture
Iron, silver, wood, lacquer


Onna Norimono (noblewoman's palaquin), 19th century

Onna Norimono (noblewoman's palaquin), 19th century

Artist not identified
Japan
Wood, lacquer, gilded brass, textile, paper, pigments, gold leaf, plant fiber

Museum Purchase

Accession Number: E37812
The Zen Figures Kanzan and Jittoku, 19th century

The Zen Figures Kanzan and Jittoku, 19th century

Artist not identified
Japan
Wood Lacquer

Estate of James J. Higgins

Accession Number: E36818
Tsubo (storage jar), 16th century

Tsubo (storage jar), 16th century

Tanba ware
Stoneware
Accession Number: E302007
Ornamental comb with sparrow and chrysanthemum, mid-late 19th century

Ornamental comb with sparrow and chrysanthemum, mid-late 19th century

Artist not identified
Gold and lacquer on wood

Gift of Charles Goddard Weld

Accession Number: E6163
Shishigashira (head for lion dance), 1645

Shishigashira (head for lion dance), 1645

Wood, pigment, horsehair

Gift of T.W. Thorndike

Accession Number: E16155
Gokorei (five-pronged ritual bell) 13th century

Gokorei (five-pronged ritual bell) 13th century

Artist not identified
Japan
Bronze, gilding

Gift of Charles Goddard Weld

Accession Number: E5600
Gakubiwa (lute for Gagaku performance), 17th or 18th century

Gakubiwa (lute for Gagaku performance), 17th or 18th century

Artist not identified
Museum purchase
Various hardwoods, leather, silk, ivory, brass

Museum purchase

Accession Number: E1874
Haniwa Figure of a Young Man, late 5th-6th century

Haniwa Figure of a Young Man, late 5th-6th century

Artist not identified
Japan
Earthenware, clay slip

Exchange, Yamanaka and Co.

Accession Number: E31587
Amida, Buddha of the Western Paradise, 12th century, Lotus Pedestal

Amida, Buddha of the Western Paradise, 12th century, Lotus Pedestal

Artist not identified
Japan
Hinoki wood, gold leaf, crystal

Gift of William Sturgis Bigelow

Accession Number: E18195
Bugaku Mask, "Korobase" late 11th - early 12th century

Bugaku Mask, "Korobase" late 11th - early 12th century

Artist not identified
Japan
Wood, crushed shell, pigment

Gift of Charles Goddard Weld

Accession Number: E12305
Dotaku (ritual bell), 1st century

Dotaku (ritual bell), 1st century

Artist not identified
Japan
Bronze
Accession Number: E15352
Tsuzumi (hand drum), 19th century

Tsuzumi (hand drum), 19th century

Artist not identified
Japan
Wood, lacquer, cow hide, linen

Gift of Charles Goddard Weld

Accession Number: E442
Sagejubako (picnic set), 19th century

Sagejubako (picnic set), 19th century

Artist not identified
Japan
Wood, lacquer, shell, pewter, silver

Gift of William Sturgis Bigelow

Accession Number: E15312
Geisha reading a letter, early 19th century

Geisha reading a letter, early 19th century

Kikugawa Eizan (1787-1867)
Japan
Woodblock print

Gift of Robert H. Monks

Accession Number: E58934
A Nagasaki Geisha, ca. 1800

A Nagasaki Geisha, ca. 1800

Artist not identified
Japan
Ink and color on paper

Gift of Captain Henry King

Accession Number: E6540
Hachi (platter-bowl), 1650-1660

Hachi (platter-bowl), 1650-1660

Arita ware, Kokutani
Saga Prefecture
Porcelain, enamels

Museum Purchase

Accession Number: E300503
Ichikawa Danjuro VII in the Kabuki Play Shibaraku, early 19th century

Ichikawa Danjuro VII in the Kabuki Play Shibaraku, early 19th century

Inscription by Ichikawa Danjuro VII (1791)
Japan
Wood, pigment

Gift of Edward Sylvester Morse

Accession Number: E4168
Long-handled fan, ca. 1880

Long-handled fan, ca. 1880

Artist not identified
Japan
Printed paper, bamboo

Gift og Margarette W. Brooks

Accession Number: E58981
Netsuke, late 19th-early 20th century

Netsuke, late 19th-early 20th century

Gyokuzan (1867-1923)
Japan
Ivory

Gift of E. G. Stillman

Accession Number: E2666
Bentobako (lunchbox), ca.1880

Bentobako (lunchbox), ca.1880

Artist not identified
Japan
Bamboo, plant fiber

Gift of Margaret W. Brooks

Accession Number: E4177
Tokkuri (sake flask), 1660-1680

Tokkuri (sake flask), 1660-1680

Artia ware, Kokutani Type
Saga Prefecture
Porcelain, enamels

Museum Purchase

Accession Number: E300534
Gigaku Mask, "Karura," late 11th or early 12th century

Gigaku Mask, "Karura," late 11th or early 12th century

Artist not identified
Japan
Wood, crushed shell, pigment

Gift of Charles Goddard Weld

Accession Number: E12267
Butai Kabuto (Kabuki warrior's helmet), 19th century

Butai Kabuto (Kabuki warrior's helmet), 19th century

Artist not identified
Japan
Paper, pigment, lacquer, gold leaf

Gift of Charles Goddard Weld

Accession Number: E7560
The Oiran Michitose of the Miuraya with Her Child Attendants, c. 1825

The Oiran Michitose of the Miuraya with Her Child Attendants, c. 1825

Keisai Eisen
Japan
Accession Number: E300132

In the Early nineteenth century, the dress and hairstyles of top Edo courtesans (oiran) became almost unbelievably elaborate, as layer upon layer of Kmono and numerous tortoiseshell hair ornaments were added.

Ornamental comb with six crows, 1800-1850

Ornamental comb with six crows, 1800-1850

Artist not identified
Japan
Lacquer on wood

Gift of Edward Sylvester Morse

Accession Number: E7246
Jizo Bosatsu (the Bodhisattva Jizo), 1279

Jizo Bosatsu (the Bodhisattva Jizo), 1279

Artist not identified
Japan
Wood, lacquer, crystal, bronze, gold leaf, paper

Gift of Charles Goddard Weld

Accession Number: E12068
Nimaiba geta (courtesan's clogs), late 19th century

Nimaiba geta (courtesan's clogs), late 19th century

Artist not identified
Japan
Wood, straw, velvet, laquer

Gift of Edward Sylvester Morse

Accession Number: E6463
Kukan Keijo (Space Form 95-R), 1995

Kukan Keijo (Space Form 95-R), 1995

Kiyomizu Masahiro (Rokubei VIII) (b. 1954)
Kyoto, Japan
Glazed stoneware

Museum Purchase

Accession Number: E301720
Mukozuke (food dish), 1699-1712

Mukozuke (food dish), 1699-1712

Ogata Kenzan (1663-1743)
Kyoto, Japan
Glazed earthenware

Gift of Charles Goddard Weld

Accession Number: E29960
Jan Ken Po (Rock, Paper, Scissors), 2001

Jan Ken Po (Rock, Paper, Scissors), 2001

Corinne Okada (b. 1968)
San Francisco, CA
Paper, wire, scissors, styrofoam, webbing

Museum Purchase

Accession Number: E302004
Shaman’s fan (musǒn), ca. 1890

Shaman’s fan (musǒn), ca. 1890

Artist not identified
Japan
paper, bamboo, pigments, metal
28.9 x 16.3 in. (73.5 x 41.5 cm)

Gift of Mrs. R.J. Godfrey 1899

Accession Number: E9733
Household God Daikoku, 1908

Household God Daikoku, 1908

Wood
Japan

From the Reverend SS White collection
Gift of Dr. Charles G Weld

Accession Number: E11737
Shop Sign, 1916

Shop Sign, 1916

Artist not identified
Japan
Gold lacquer on turtle shell
Accession Number: E16566
Mask from the Edo Period

Mask from the Edo Period

Artist not identified
Japan
Wood with traces of pigment

Gift of Mrs Sumner Pingree from the Estate of Dr. Charles G Weld,1943

Accession Number: E204045
Kimono of kosode type, mid 19th century

Kimono of kosode type, mid 19th century

Artist not identified
Japan
Silk wadding, gold-bound thread, indigo and other dyes
66.1 x 63.8 in. (168 x 162 cm)

Gift of Mrs. Albert J. Beveridge, 1962

Accession Number: E130323
Votive tablet, dedicated by Ens'aku Ikeda, July 1806

Votive tablet, dedicated by Ens'aku Ikeda, July 1806

Artist not identified
Japan
Pigments on wood with metal loop
Accession Number: E17797