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Hakutsuru Fine Art Museum

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Country  Japan
Phone  +81 120-868-920
Opened  1934
Hakutsuru Fine Art Museum
Address  6 Chome-1-1 Sumiyoshiyamate, Higashinada Ward, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture 658-0063, Japan
Similar  Mikage Station, Kobe City Museum, Kobe Maritime Museum, Hyōgo Prefectural Museum, Kobe City Museum of Literature

Hakutsuru Fine Art Museum (白鶴美術館, Hakutsuru Bijutsukan) opened in 1934 in Kobe, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan to display the collection of Kanō Jihei, seventh head of the Hakutsu Sake Brewing Company (白鶴酒造). As such it was one of the first private museums in Japan. The collection of some 1450 items includes two National Treasures and twenty-two Important Cultural Properties.

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Collection

The collection includes Chinese bronzes; Chinese ceramics; silverware, mirrors, and jewelry; writings; and paintings. The two National Treasures in the collection are two Nara-period scrolls from the Sutra of the Wise and Foolish attributed to Emperor Shōmu and seventy-one scrolls of the Nara to Edo periods of the Instruction manual on the Nirvana Sutra. There is also a gold necklace with jadeite magatama dating to the Kofun period (ICP).

Buildings

The reinforced concrete Honkan (main building) with copper-tiled roof, earthen storeroom, and office building, all dating to 1934, and chashitsu or tea house of 1929 are Registered Tangible Cultural Properties. A new wing was opened in 1995 to exhibit Near Eastern carpets.

References

Hakutsuru Fine Art Museum Wikipedia


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