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Saturday, November 27, 2021


Exhibition Public - Asia

Golden shells and the gentle mastery of Japanese lacquer

NGV International, Level 1, The Pauline Gandel Gallery of Japanese Art
180 Saint Kilda Road,
Melbourne, Australia
Nov 25, 2021 To Apr 18, 2022


Detail: The beauty and artistry of the historical Japanese ‘shell matching’ game kai-awase is celebrated in a new exhibition at the centre of which is a contemporary 720-piece set commissioned by Melbourne philanthropist Dr Pauline Gandel AC. Comprising two Japanese lacquerware shell boxes and 720 gilded clam-shaped shells, each decorated with hand-painted Japanese and Australian flowers, this new edition of the game is the only complete example known to be in existence and provides audiences with a rare opportunity to admire the craftsmanship behind this centuries-old pastime.

Phone No.: +61 (0)3 8620 2222
Site URL: https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/exhibition/golden-shells/

Shell matching game, Kai-awase 2015 (installation view)
Shell matching game, Kai-awase 2015 (installation view)
pigment and gilt on shell, lacquer on wood (maki-e), silver, silk
Unryuan Tatsuo Kitamura (studio) Wajima, Japan

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