More than fifty years ago, Isaac Kaplan began collecting netsuke – miniature ceremonial Japanese carvings, which were worn by the newly affluent merchant classes during the time of the Samurai. He was to develop this collection into one of the largest and most noted worldwide. Works on display were created from the 17th through to the 19th century, by several of Japan’s leading artists.
The exhibition comprises some 200 objects, outstanding pieces selected from the 600 in the collection. From individual netsuke carved in ivory, stag horn and wood, to ceremonial pipes and sword fittings created in precious metals, the exhibition traces the acquisitions and growing sophistication of the collector over a period of thirty years.
In line with the hi-tech format of the museum, visitors are able to view the collection on two touch screens, where they are able to access comprehensive information on the art in the collection and the exhibition itself. Audio guides on the exhibition are also available.