Threads of Silk and Gold: Ornamental textiles from Meiji Japan
Ashmolean Museum Oxford until 27th January
A stunning exhibition of 40 sumptuous pieces from the newly acquired collection of the Kiyomizu-Sannenzaka Museum in Kyoto. Tapestries and embroideries from the Meiji period (1868-1912)
Stormy with Seagulls is a superb example of the use of silk for shading and the colours, and mood, of the piece apparently change as the viewer moves past it and perceives the light from different angles. Like many of the pieces this was undoubted made for export, Japanese artists and designers having become aware of the popularity of seascapes with Western audiences.
The loan textiles are enhanced with pieces from the Ashmolean's own collections including