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Japanese Craft

Dish, c. 1981, by Okada Kenzō

The museum’s collection of Japanese crafts initially consisted of objects brought to the Centennial Exposition held in Philadelphia in 1876, the first World’s Fair held in the United States. These included porcelains made by Fukagawa Eizaemon (1833–1889) and Miyagawa Kōzan (1842–1916), who were representative artists of the Meiji period (1868–1912). Since the 1990s, contemporary crafts in ceramic, glass, bamboo, lacquer, textiles, and other material have been actively collected.