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Daily Art Moment: Tōdaiji Scriptorium

“The Avatamsaka (or Flower Garland) sutra is one of the best-known texts of Mahayana Buddhism in East Asia, describing a radiant, mystical universe of infinite realms. This fragment was created in the 740s as part of a set of sixty scrolls of the Avatamsaka sutra for Tōdaiji, the Great Eastern Temple of Nara. Elegantly calligraphed…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Kim Yikyung

“Artist Kim Yikyung draws inspiration from Korea’s ceramic past in her work, particularly the pristine white porcelains of the Joseon period (1392–1910). This moon jar, a signature shape of late-Joseon pottery, was created by throwing two large bowls that are then luted together and completed with a strong foot. Typical of Kim Yikyung’s practice, it…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Bactrian Camel

“This expressive camel, with its head thrown back, makes a bellowing cry that seems relevant to these times. Bactrian camels were often part of a larger set of funerary sculptures in Tang dynasty China. As symbols of prosperity manifested through the Silk Road trade routes, camels would have been placed with other ceramic figurines in…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Subok Screen

“Two auspicious characters, meaning longevity and good fortune, repeat in seemingly endless variation as the main design of this Korean textile screen. Across ten panels, with three columns of eleven characters each, the characters su 壽 and bok 福 are embroidered in brightly colored silk floss on a plain silk ground. The color in this…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Matsubara Naoko

“Artist Matsubara Naoko created this portfolio of woodcuts while visiting Walden Pond over the course of a year. Her title comes from Henry David’s Thoreau’s essay ‘Solitude’ (1854), written during his two-year period of self-isolation. In these expressive images, she captures the fleeting moments of daily life spent alone. She also seems to understand both…  Read more

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Poster Project: Yosa Buson

This week’s Poster Project highlight features Thatched Retreat on Cold Mountain by 18th-century Japanese painter and poet Yosa Buson, a wonderful scroll painting seen in our 2018 exhibition Poetic Imagination in Japanese Art. In this painting, Buson acknowledges the traditional ideal of seclusion—a scholar sits in a tiny cottage that is perched on stilts over a rushing stream. But what he…  Read more