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Playing with Paper Japanese Toy Prints

  • 13 Sep 2014
  • 12:00 AM
  • 19 Jul 2015
  • 11:30 PM
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Japanese Print Gallery (Gallery 278A), Avenue of the Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115

Playing with Paper
Japanese Toy Prints

September 13, 2014-July 19, 2015

Museum of Fine Arts
Japanese Print Gallery (Gallery 278A)
Avenue of the Arts
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Colorful 19th-century Japanese woodblock prints of games and toys.

By the middle of the 19th century, color woodblock printing in Japan was so widespread and inexpensive that it could profitably be used to make toys for children which were no doubt enjoyed by many adults as well. This exhibition (one of the first of its kind outside Japan) will feature "toy prints" (asobi-e or omocha-e) such as colorful board games, paper dolls, cutout dioramas and pictorial riddles, as well as scenes showing how the toys and games were enjoyed. Thanks largely to the eclectic taste of William Sturgis Bigelow, the donor of over half of the Museum’s collection, the MFA has a fine assortment of these intriguing and unusual materials. In particular, a group of large paper board games by major 19th-century artists will be presented in pristine condition.





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