‘Seven Treasures: Japanese Cloisonné Enamels from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London’ at the Chester Beatty Library brings together over 100 objects, combining a gift of Japanese enamels from Edwin Davies CBE with the V&A’s historical collection, presenting a rounded picture of one of Japan’s most exquisite art forms. The characters for shippo the Japanese term for enamels, refer to the Seven Treasures mentioned in Buddhist texts. The art of cloisonné enamelling reached a peak of artistic sophistication between 1880 and 1910, referred to as the ‘Golden Age’.
Image: Seven Treasures at Chester Beatty Library © Victoria and Albert Museum, Bowl Unsigned Nagoya 1912-26
14 March – 14 June