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Moonlight and Clouds: Silver and Gold in the Arts of Japan

November 8, 2008 – November 29, 2009

Freer Gallery of Art
Jefferson Drive & 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC

Location: Galleries 6 & 7

This exhibition features 32 examples of lacquer, painting, calligraphy, ceramics, and metalwork that showcase the distinctive repertoire of techniques for applying gold and silver on a variety of materials that Japanese artists developed beginning in the 17th century. One distinctive achievement in the arts of East Asia is the Japanese methods for lacquer decoration in gold and silver that enabled refined pictorial designs.