Historic art in miniature from Japan and China

9:00am Wednesday 23rd January 2013

MINIATURE Japanese sculptures are the latest intriguing artefacts on display at Bolton Museum.

The new selection of Chinese and Japanese art includes the museum’s collection of Netsuke — tiny sculptures made of wood and ivory used as a type of toggle to secure pouches on kimonos in 17th century Japan.

They depict a variety of subjects from animals and people to mythical creatures. The Netsuke fox, left, was made about 200 years ago and depicts a fox in a dress and cloak.

Other items being showcased in The Crafts of China and Japan exhibition include a 500-year-old tea bowl and a bronze Buddha made in China between 1550 and 1611.

These objects are shown alongside pieces by British manufacturers and designers who were inspired by the crafts of China and Japan.

A council spokesman said: “We had such a fantastic response to our Victoria and Albert Japanese Cloisonne exhibition, courtesy of Eddie Davies, we thought it would be nice to continue the theme with a selection of our own beautiful objects from Japan and China. We would encourage anyone with a general interest in ceramics and intricate detail to come along and have a look.”

The works will be on display until the end of March.

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