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MFAH Presents | Kogei: The Art of Japanese Craft

  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston - Beck Building 5601 Main Street Houston, TX, 77004 United States (map)
Aoki Tomonobu (Ichiryu),  Censer (Kora) in the Form of a Hawk  (detail), c. 1895, silver, shibuichi, shakudo, and gold, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase funded by Nidhika and Pershant Mehta; Dr. Ellen R. Gritz and Mr. Milton D. Rosenau, Jr.; Dr. David Y. Graham; Drew and Laura Tingleaf; Manmeet and Paul Likhari; and Friends of Asian Art.

Aoki Tomonobu (Ichiryu), Censer (Kora) in the Form of a Hawk (detail), c. 1895, silver, shibuichi, shakudo, and gold, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase funded by Nidhika and Pershant Mehta; Dr. Ellen R. Gritz and Mr. Milton D. Rosenau, Jr.; Dr. David Y. Graham; Drew and Laura Tingleaf; Manmeet and Paul Likhari; and Friends of Asian Art.

Kogei, often translated as “craft,” refers to objects of the highest technical sophistication, and it is one of the finest Japanese artistic traditions.

Encompassing metalwork, enamels, wood and ivory carving, lacquer, ceramics, and many other materials, kogei sometimes take the form of small, even functional objects, such as incense burners and tea caddies. As is the tradition, they are meant to be admired and prized as masterpieces and works of art.

Presented by Bradley Bailey, the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Curator of Asian Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), this talk explores both the history and contemporary practice of kogei.

Lecture is FREE with admission to the museum.

Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Meet in the American General Conference Room on the Mezzanine Level of the Beck Building.

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