About Japanese Antiques

If you wish to know more about Japanese art and antiques, in this section you will find detailed information about some of the items that are currently in our collection, as an educational resource.

Japanese lacquer (urushi) comes from the sap of Rhus verniciflua tree. It was initially used to preserve objects and later on utilised for decoration. A very versatile substance, lacquer can be applied on wood, leather, paper and basketry....

Porcelain, pottery and earthenware are all described by the Japanese word ‘yaki’, which simply translates to ‘ware’. Such wares are regarded as pieces of art, the successful production and popularity of which have played a vital role in Japan’s development...

In Japanese history, there are three sacred treasures (Sanshu no jingi  三種の神器); the precious gems (magatama 勾玉), the sacred mirror (kagami 鏡), and the Japanese sword (tsurugi 剣). This belief has been present in the Japanese culture for over 1000 years...

The Meiji period (1868-1912) brought many cultural changes to Japan after the country opened its doors to the West, as well as structural changes to the government, with it. What most critically impacted the arts, was the new ruling outlawing the carrying of swords by samurai...

Sagemono is a collective term describing all types of containers and pouches that could be suspended from one’s belt, which were often accompanied by a cord fastener (ojime) and a toggle (netsuke).
Inro are small containers that could...

The Japanese timekeeping system, consisting of flexible hours, was substantially different from the Western model, which is comprised of standardised units. Even though day and night in Japan were subdivided into 6 ‘hours’ each...

Evolving under shogunate patronage from the 14th century, Noh theatre became an exclusive samurai pastime. In the Tokugawa period (1603 – 1868), commoners were forbidden to see it. Performed by male actors wearing masks...

If you have any questions about Japanese art and antiques, please feel free to contact us at info@japanesegallery.com and our team will be happy to help you.