Japanese Cloisonné: The Seven Treasures
22 March – 5 May 2014
Cloisonné involves an object - usually made from copper - being marked with fine wire to pick out decorative areas, before enamel paste is applied to the piece and it is fired and polished.
Philanthropist Edwin Davies CBE donated one of the world's finest collections of Japanese cloisonné to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London in 2011, featuring over 90 objects spanning 500 years of production. This exhibition showcases some of its finest pieces, including enamels from the Golden Age of cloisonné and modern ornaments from the 20th century.
It is complemented by objects from the museum’s own collections, including Japanese prints, lacquer, ceramics and textiles.
Highlights include a contemporary bridal kimono, an 18th century Buddhist portable shrine and an array of 16th century Samurai sword fittings.