Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Tokyo National Museum

My friend George writes:  The Tokyo National Museum is not a very large museum, as far as national museums go, however, each piecein the museum is exceptional.  They have definitely chosen quality over quantity.

I just thought I'd share some of these photos with little in the way of editorial comments.

The beauty of each piece announces itself.

This bird (above) has sung it's sweet song for millennia, during which time the little warriors (below) have been frozen in their pursuits for us to delight over.

I love the little people around the base of this urn!
What men or gods are these? ...
What mad pursuit? What struggle to escape?

Ah, happy, happy boughs! that cannot shed
         Your leaves, nor ever bid the Spring adieu;

I'm always amazed at what ancient people accomplished without computers or any kind of modern technology.

They had skill, artistry, grit and determination, though, and with that they did marvelous things.

It's amazing how these colors are so vibrant about so many years!

The National Museum
As Keats once wrote:

When old age shall this generation waste,
                Thou shalt remain, in midst of other woe
Than ours, a friend to man, to whom thou say'st,
         "Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all
                Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know."

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