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Introduction to Understanding and Collecting Traditional Japanese Art


On May 20th, a lecture on Japanese culture introduction and Japanese art collection was held at Heritage Museum of Asian Art. The lecture was hosted by Associate Specialist Megan Sadler from Asian Works of Art. This lecture is the second round of the AAPI monthly lectures, another important cultural communication activity after last week's lecture on Chinese culture and collections. Ms. Sadler gave a wonderful presentation to the participants with her rich knowledge and experience.

As one of the most popular countries in Asia, Japan's culture also has a position that cannot be ignored in Asian history. Its culture is unique and rich, deeply influenced by its rich history, traditional values and modern innovations.

At the beginning of the lecture, Ms. Sadler introduced the long history and rich and varied evolution of Japanese art to the participants. She described Japanese artistic styles in different periods, from ancient containers and netsuke to modern ceramics and baskets. By delving into the history of Japanese art, we can better understand the stories and cultural connotations behind each work.

After that, Ms. Sadler emphasized the importance of how to evaluate the quality and determine the market value of Japanese artworks when collecting them. She shared with attendees the key elements in finding a piece of work and offered some tips for evaluating a work. Knowing a work of art's authenticity, condition and provenance is critical to building a solid collecting foundation.

Artworks of different styles and periods have different characteristics. Therefore, Ms. Sadler then introduced in detail the different styles and media of Japanese art, including netsuke, ceramics, lacquerware and baskets. She showed attendees how to identify the characteristics of different styles, appreciate their uniqueness, and offered some tips for authenticating works. Through these guides, attendees were able to better understand and appreciate the diversity of Japanese art.

In the last part of this lecture, Ms. Sadler shared various channels to acquire Japanese art, such as auctions, dealers and online markets. In addition, she also put forward some precautions, such as suggesting that participants research and understand the auction process, rules and historical data; communicate with dealers frequently to understand the latest art supply situation and obtain professional advice and evaluation; and for online transactions, it is important to carefully check the seller's reputation and reviews before buying, and check the detailed description and photos of the artwork.

Through this lecture, the participants deeply realized the basic knowledge and skills needed to build a Japanese art collection and laid a solid foundation for their own collection journey. In the future, Heritage Museum will continue to provide more lectures on exploring and appreciating Asian cultures to help spread Asian Art Awareness.

Museum of Asian Art


Heritage Museum of Asian Art is a non-profit organization with IRS 501 (c) (3) tax exempt status. 

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