Feb 23 - May 19

Kiyomizu Sannenzaka Museum

Maki-e, meaning “sprinkled image,” was developed during the Heian Period (794–1185) as a technique for decorating household items for court nobles. Wet Japanese lacquer is sprinkled with metallic gold or silver powder and shaped into a design. It takes highly skilled craftsmanship to produce a maki-e work, so artists go through years of training to hone their skills. These ornate patterns adorned items such as paper screens and letter boxes. Maki-e became a symbol of power, and the Shogunate and Daimyo (feudal lords) adopted the complex painting technique for their possessions. Large items such as bookshelves as well are more personal effects like storages boxes and incense holders adorned with maki-e are featured at this exhibit.

Time: 10am–5pm (closed Mondays and Tuesdays)
Admission: ¥800
Access: Take bus 206 from Kyoto Station to Kiyomizu-michi
Kiyomizu Sannenzaka Museum