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Past ExhibitionsExhibition
The Rings of the Hashimoto Collection:
The Choice is Endless

Saturday, 18 March – Sunday, 11 June 2023
9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Fridays, Saturdays, and on 1 May (Mon.), 2 May (Tue.), 3 May (Wed.) and 4 May (Thu.) 9:30 am – 8:00 pm
Admission ends 30 mins. before closing time
Mondays (except for 27 March and 1 May)
Prints and Drawings Gallery, New Wing
Admission Fees
Adults 500 yen (400 yen), college and university students 250 yen (200 yen)
  • * Admission is free for Special Exhibition or Permanent Collection ticket holders.
  • * Numbers in parenthesis indicate discount fees for groups of 20 or more.
  • * Free for high school students, under 18, seniors (65 and over), Campus Members. Please show your ID upon entrance.
  • * Disabled visitors admitted free of charge, with one attendant. Please present your disability identification upon arrival.
  • * Free admission of this exhibition and Permanent Collection on 18 May.
Organized by
The National Museum of Western Art
With the sponsorship of
Nippon BS Broadcasting Corporation
With the cooperation of
The Western Art Foundation

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Meteorite, teeth, human hair, paper, fossilized fish bones…These are the materials found in some NMWA collection works. What kind of art works could contain such? Rings. The NMWA collection includes approximately 870 pieces of jewelry, primarily rings. Kanshi Hashimoto donated all of these works to the NMWA in 2012, and today they are known as the Hashimoto Collection.

The Hashimoto Collection includes diamonds, rubies, and other precious stones, along with works by Cartier, Bulgari, and other celebrated jewelry houses. But the collection is also characterized by another important aspect, rings made of the unusual materials listed above. It is not only unusual materials that feature in this collection. Hashimoto was universal in his collecting approach. Not only did he acquire works across diverse materials, he also sought out examples from all periods, locales, forms, and techniques. Indeed, this rare view of the diversity present in the ring form is the primary feature of the Hashimoto Collection.

This display works from the basis of this diversity as it presents all manner and form of rings to visitors. We hope you will enjoy strolling the galleries of this display, as if window shopping along the finest jewelry boulevards. You are sure to find rings that particularly appeal to your own tastes amid this splendid array.

  • image: The Ghost on the Terrace from the series ‘Hamlet’
    Gold Gimmel Ring
    17th century
    Ruby, diamond, gold
  • image: Macbeth Consulting the Witches
    Platinum and Gold Ring by Van Cleef & Arpels
    Diamond, platinum, gold
  • image: Mephistopheles Aloft from the series ‘Faust’
    Gold-plated and Steel Ring Enclosing a Camera
    c. 1950
    Lens, Gold, steel
  • image: ‘If I do die before thee, prithee shroud me’ (Act IV, Scene 3) plate 8 from the series ‘Othello’
    Gold and Silver Ring with a Blue Glass Bezel Set with Diamond Stars
    18th century
    Glass, diamond, pearl, gold, silver

*All works are in the collection of The National Museum of Western Art, the Hashimoto Collection,
photo ©Norihiro Ueno