The Abe Collection, which was assembled by former Toyobo Co., Ltd. president Abe Fusajiro and donated by Abe’s son Kojiro, consists of 160 works of Chinese painting and calligraphy. Among the collection’s works of art are four Important Cultural Properties, including Fu Sheng Expounding the Classic by Wang Wei, as well as numerous works that are essential in establishing the history of Chinese painting and calligraphy, for example Landscape with Pavilions by Yan Wengui. This world-renowned collection is one of the museum’s premier attractions.
木蓮・木瓜図 （花卉冊 1冊12面のうち）
Put together by Yamaguchi Kenshiro, a Kansai-region businessman who served as president of what was then known as the Kansai Trust Bank, the Yamaguchi Collection of Chinese art comprises a total of 224 objects including 125 stone statues, 5 gilt bronze statues. Ranging from Seated Buddha (Northern Weidynasty, 466) to works from the Sui and Tang dynasties, the collection’s stone sculptures are particularly noteworthy and include a series of exceptional, dated pieces that provide an overview of the history of Chinese Buddhist sculpture and set the standard for works of their type.
The Taman Collection consists of a total of 663 works of art: an initial donation of 615 pieces that were collected and donated by politician and lawer in Osaka Taman Kiyomi and his wife Akeko, and a subsequent donation of an additional 48 pieces by his son Tadashi. Remarkable for both its volume and the quality of its component works, which include four Important Cultural Properties, the collection
encompasses the breadth of East Asian art with a particular focus on Buddhist art.
Materials on Ogata Korin from the Konishi Family
Consisting of 33 pieces held by the museum, which were donated by Muto Kinta, and another 257 pieces held by the Kyoto National Museum, this entire collection, which was given by Ogata Korin’s son Juichiro to his adoptive Konishi family, has been designated an Important Cultural Property. The extensive collection provides a true-to-life depiction of Korin’s life and art through resources including kimono designs from the textile shop Karigane-ya, which was the Korin family business, as well as drawings, sketches, copies, and various other documents. Collectively, these materials serve as an important
resource for understanding the culture of a particular time and place in
Japanese history̶particularly the Genroku era̶in terms of not only art
history, but also arts and crafts such as textile dyeing, gold lacquer, and pottery as well as writing, the performing arts, and economic history.
重要文化財 円型図案集のうち 鹿図
The Sumitomo Collection consists of 20 Japanese paintings produced for an autumn 1943 exhibition entitled “Japanese Paintings from Kansai Area” and then donated to the museum by the Sumitomo family. The works were painted by the Kansai region’s most eminent artists of the day, including Uemura Shoen, Yamaguchi Kayo, Kitano Tsunetomi, and Sakakibara Shiho.
The Casal Collection, which was assembled by Ugo Alfonso Casal, comprises some 4,000 works of Japanese lacquer, mainly makie dating from the Edo period to the Meiji and Taisho periods, including splendid marriage gifts, writing utensils, and accessories as well as works such as netsuke and inro that were rarely collected in Japan. One of only a few collections in Japan that were put together by a European, it is a valuable resource.
The Ono Collection consists of 19 Chinese sculptures that were acquired by Ono Jyunzo, the president and chairman of Ono Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. Featuring renowned works dating from the Northern and Southern dynasties to the Tang dynasty from grottoes such as Yungan and Longmen Jingshansidong Cave, the collection highlights the most advanced sculpture techniques of the time.
石造 如来立像頭部 龍門石窟奉先洞将来
The museum is also home to many other exceptional works of art. Calligraphy in Grass Script by Mi Fu (Important Cultural Property), a donation by Takei Takumi, is a remarkable book of drawings, part of which is housed in the National Palace Museum in Taipei. Nakajima Koichiro donated Shell Gathering by Katsushika Hokusai, Records of Poem Contests, and Temmyo Ware, Iron Tea Kettle of Odare Type, all of which are Important Cultural Properties. An example of celadon ware, Gourd-shaped Ewer with Inlaid Design of Grapevine Scrolls and Boys, received from Hirota Matsushige, is a rare masterpiece of Korean art in the museum. Head of Standing Bodhisattva from Longmen grottoes Binyangzhongdong cave, given by Eguchi Jiro, is an exceptional work
that anchors the museum’s exhibits of Chinese stone cave statues, while the Shikosai Collection, transferred to the museum by Okamura Yojiro, comprises 450 examples of rubbings from tomb markers, epitaphs, and statue inscriptions dating from the Han to the Tang dynasties. These works serve as a valuable resource for research into old Chinese calligraphy since many of the stone originals have not survived. The museum also has a collection of 165 Etruscan terra-cotta works from ancient Italy and 124 examples of dyed textiles and stone
sculpture from Coptic Egypt. These rare and unique collections provide a unique window on the culture, lifestyles, and customs of their respective times.