The exhibition presents a collection of Japanese animalistic bronze sculpture between the late 19th and the early 20th century. The Meiji era (1868 –1912) is a unique historical period of considerable reforms and changes when in a very short time a feudal country has joined the ranks of the world’s leading powers. Emperor Meiji Mutsuhito took the name consisting of two hieroglyphs – the “light” and “the rule”, and his enlightened government initiated a fundamental transformation in science and art.
Japanese bronze small-scale sculpture vividly reveals national traditions, aesthetics, and everyday set-up of the national life of the country. It represents the Japanese ideas of beauty.
In Russia the tradition of collecting Japanese bronze sculpture is formed in the late 19th century thanks largely to collecting activities of P. Shchukin, P. Kharitonenko, A. Brokkar.
Showing of rare in its entirety and diversity collection of A. Egorov gave cause to present the Japanese objects of bronze casting from the museum collection.
The collection of Japanese bronze from the Museum department of metal numbers 35 items.
At the exhibition there are 14 monuments of Japanese bronze castings dated to the Meiji era. The items are on display for the first time.