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“The Quest for Entertainment and Enlightenment in Tokugawa Japan’s Urban Centers,” an exhibit of Japanese religious and secular art, will be on view at the Colby College Museum of Art December 8 through January 7. The exhibit was organized by four students in Colby’s East Asian Studies seminar “Culture in Tokugawa Japan.” An opening on Friday, December 8, will include a symposium of student research at 2:30 p.m. followed by a reception at 3:30 p.m.
The exhibit focuses on Japanese artistic expressions of both worldly pleasures and spiritual yearnings during the 17th through 19th centuries. The examples of religious and secular art selected show the diversity and vitality of Japanese urban culture during the Tokugawa period. Included in the exhibit are woodblock prints, Buddhist sculptures, illustrated books, netsuke, swords and ceramic vessels. Student essays and research will be presented in a catalog to supplement the show.
Colby museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free, and the museum is accessible to persons with disabilities. For information call (207) 872-3228 or visit www.colby.edu/museum.