Monday, January 19, 2015

Imperial Treasures Master Artisans of Japan

Imperial Treasures Master Artisans of Japan / Nhk World / August 30, 2014 / 49min

Japan's Imperial family has long taken under its patronage craftsmen whose works now form a treasured collection handed down over generations. During the Meiji period (1868-1912), when trade with other countries was resumed after 200 years, the artisans' skills and creations became a matter of national prestige. From exquisite ceramics, cloisonné and tapestry to a masterpiece of metalwork that cannot be replicated, this is the little-known drama behind the Imperial Collection of Japanese art.
via: NHK

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