Exhibitions/ Celebrating the Arts of Japan

Celebrating the Arts of Japan: The Mary Griggs Burke Collection

At The Met Fifth Avenue
October 20, 2015–May 14, 2017
Exhibitions are free with Museum admission.

Exhibition Overview

This tribute to a great collector reveals the distinctive features of Japanese art as viewed through the lens of 50 years of collecting: the sublime spirituality of Buddhist and Shinto art; the boldness of Zen ink painting; the imaginary world conjured up by the Tale of Genji and classical Japanese literature; the sumptuous colors of bird-and-flower painting; the subtlety of poetry, calligraphy, and literati themes; the aestheticized accoutrements of the tea ceremony; and the charming portraiture of courtesans from the "floating world" (ukiyo-e).

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The exhibition is made possible by the Mary Griggs Burke Fund, gift of the Mary Livingston Griggs and Mary Griggs Burke Foundation, 2015.

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Exhibition Objects




Basara, Ox (丑) (detail), from six of the twelve divine generals (Jūni shinshō), 14th century. Japanese, Kamakura period (1185–1333). Wood with lacquer, color, gold, and inlaid crystal eyes; H. 19 5/16 in. (49 cm); Base: L. 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm), W. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Mary Griggs Burke Collection, Gift of the Mary and Jackson Burke Foundation, 2015 (2015.300.254a–f)