japonisme: shangri-la

27 February 2007


i discovered a museum online that is almost as good as visiting in person.

the collection is vast, and viewable online.

it's also idiosyncratic, quite varied. you could never see it all in one day....

and it puts some things into perspective. take this glass bowl from the 1st century a.d.

doesn't it make the lawsuits that flew between lafarge and tiffany over who invented iridescent glass seem foolish?

(sakai hoitsu; ito jakuchu; unknown marabu maker, 16th century carafe maker & iridescent bowl.)

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hi, and thanks so much for stopping by. i spend all too much time thinking my own thoughts about this stuff, so please tell me yours. i thrive on the exchange!

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