Arts Asiatiques: Parution du numéro de Mai de Orientations Magazine
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This month's articles demonstrate that the use, interpretation and understanding of objects and artefacts continue to evolve over time and space.
As the sense for `more authentic' Asian aesthetics developed in the West, Japanese art of the Meiji and later periods - especially that created for the Western market - became much maligned. In recent years, however, there has been the growing realization that such works provide valuable contexts for understanding modern Japan and its complex relations with the West. William Coaldrake explores the use of architectural models at the 1910 Japan-British exhibition and relates how a lost mausoleum model was found and restored. Yumiko Yamamori explains how an export furniture market developed in Japan and why it was so short-lived. The Rockefeller garden described by Cynthia Altman is the result of American and Japanese collaboration over half a century. As demonstrated by Monika Bincsik, foreign demand ensured the survival of traditional Japanese crafts such as lacquer.
Mary Slusser reveals that an image in a Kathmandu shrine commonly worshipped as goddess Kumari is in fact the lesser-known god, Kumara. Marilyn Hamburger and Linda-Ruth Salter explore the subject of belt ornaments, a much overlooked element in Qing period dress. Richard Pegg introduces Liu Dan's contemporary rendering of the classical theme `Wangchuan Villa'.
There are previews to numerous fairs taking place in May and June. In the commentary, Peter Wain discusses a timely issue in the collecting of 20th century ceramics.