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The Rings from The Hashimoto Collection of The National Museum of Western Art
- Tuesday 8 July – Monday 15 September 2014
- 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Fridays 9:30 am - 8:00 pm (Admission ends 30 mins. before closing time)
- Mondays except 21 July, 11 August and 15 September.
Closed on 22 July.
- Organized by:
- The National Museum of Western Art,
The Tokyo Shimbun
- Patronized by:
- Japan Jewellery Association,
Japan Jewellery Designers Association
- With the Cooperation of:
- Kobe Fashion Museum,
The Western Art Foundation
- Admission Fees:
- Adults 1,400 yen, College students 1,200 yen, High school students 700 yen
- Advance purchase/Discount fees for groups of 20 or more:
- Adults 1,200 yen, College students 1,000yen, High school students 600 yen
Advance purchase tickets will be on sale until Monday 7 July. At the museum ticket office, advance ticket will be available until Sunday 6 July.
For ticket sales from other than the museum's own ticket office, see the exhibition website.
Full admission fees apply from Tuesday 8 July.
Junior high school and younger children admitted free of charge.
Disabled visitors admitted free of charge with one attendant. Please present your disability identification upon arrival
- The Rings from The Hashimoto Collection of The National Museum of Western Art
Publication date: July 2014
Product dimensions: 15.3 (w) x 21.6 (h) x 2.5 (d) cm
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This exhibition commemorates the donation in 2012 of the Hashimoto Collection of more than 870 jewelry items, primarily rings, to the NMWA. This exhibition is the first public display of works from this collection. Hashimoto Kanshi (b. 1924) collected more than 760 rings across an extremely broad spectrum of eras and locales. This exhibition presents approximately 300 selected rings. We hope visitors to the exhibition will enjoy the richly individualistic nature of the Hashimoto Collection.
One of the oldest rings in the collection dates back 4,000 years to ancient Egypt. This dung beetle-shaped scarab ring was considered a protective device, not simply for personal adornment. Conversely, the contemporary jewelry company Bulgari made a gold ring from an ancient Roman coin, creating a work that spans the usual limitations of time and use. The history of rings is also the history of mankind seeking out the sparkling glitter of diamonds. From point cut diamonds that follow the shape of the original stone to the contemporary brilliant cut that emits a dazzling light, this exhibition allows visitors to compare the glory of these various diamond forms. And rings are not an isolated art form. Kobe Fashion Museum has provided costumes from their collection dating to the 18th century to first half of the 20th century, here presented to highlight the rings amid the fashion styles from their respective periods. From the courtly fashions of the Rococo period as personified by Marie Antoinette to the early 20th century styles designed by Coco Chanel, visitors to the exhibition can view rings alongside their appropriate era fashions.
This exhibition also allows visitors a chance to compare the miniature world of rings with the Museum’s collection of paintings and prints, indeed, it presents a fusion of the collection’s new and old aspects. We hope that this exhibition featuring the strengths of the NMWA collection will provide yet another means of understanding the fascination of Western culture.
《Platinum Cocktail Ring by Lambert Bros.》
《Gold and Silver Ring with a Navette Bezel》
Dante Gabriel Rossetti 《The Loving Cup》
Pierre-Auguste Renoir 《Parisiennes in Algerian Costume or Harem》