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Far Eastern Art at National Museum
June 30, 2011   
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The National Museum in Warsaw boasts the largest and most valuable collection of Far Eastern art in Poland. Selected works of art from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries, donated by Teresa and Wac³aw Dħbek, are on display through July 15.

The donation is part of a private collection of Far Eastern art which the Dħbeks started in 1960s. Most of the pieces come from Japan. The collection comprises handicrafts, applied arts, painting, prints and books.

The most valuable part of the collection are netsuke pendants and small objects made of ivory and wood called okimono. The National Museum has put them in its collection of miniature Japanese carvings. Other noteworthy items include Japanese cloisonné enameled objects, bronze items from the Meiji (1868-1912) and Taisho (1912-1926) periods and Chinese and Japanese silverware.

There are also Japanese and Chinese ceramics, wooden artifacts with figurative relief ornamentation from the late 19th and early 20th century, silk fans, a sizable Chinese New Year woodcut and several tapestries. There is also a collection of Japanese postcards and photographs from the Meiji period which show Japan as it was in the days when it was starting on the path to modernity.


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