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Bronze in Japanese House


Бронза в японском домеIn the VII-VIII centuries copper, lead, tin, silver and other metals were widely extracted in Japan already. In IX - XI centuries the techniques of melting non-ferrous metals were improved. In the following centuries the Japanese bronze by its composition and techniques of producing differed from the Chinese ones. The Buddhistic attributes and domestic articles were produced of bronze.

Very expressive were the bronzes of the XVIII - XIX centuries made in the end of the Edo period (1615-1868) and the first decades of the Meiji period (1868-1912). Then it became a fashion to use bronze in interior of houses.

At the end of the XIX - the beginning of the XX centuries the Museum acquired about 40 small bronzes. Most of them are exposed now.

Censers for domestic altars, figurines of wide known deities and personages of myths, sculptures of animals and insects are presented at this exhibition.