Consisting of 8,000 items, the Japanese collection is the
largest in Russia. The museum possesses 1,500 coloured
woodcuts including works by notable artists of the mid-18th
to 20th century, such as Suzuki Harunobu, Kuniyosi and
others. There are also a few but very interesting examples of
The most valuable part of this collection is its netsuke, the
name given to the exquisite carved belt toggles of the 17th
to 19th centuries, of which the museum has 1,000 examples.
All known schools of carving, the most illustrious craftsmen
and the best loved motifs found in netsuke carving are
reflected in the collection.
The collection of applied art includes lacquer-work,
porcelain, pottery and sword accoutrements, costume and
If you enjoyed this collection, you might want to also visit the other collections at the State Hermitage Museum.
Netsuke Showing the Shaving of a
Demon in the Guise of a Monk