The collections of the Japanese Kisoji section, with approximately 11,000 works, offer an extremely rich and diverse panorama of Japanese art since birth, during the III e -II th millennia BC. our era, until the advent of the Meiji era (1868).
They illustrate, in particular, after the archaeological phases of Jômon (terracotta vases and figurines), Yayoi and Kôfun (haniwa MA 1338 from an exchange with the National Museum of Tokyo), the essential developments of Buddhist art in the archipelago. A set of sculptures and paintings on silk, exceptional for its consistency and quality, captures both the stylistic evolution of this art part of the VIII th to XV the century.
Apart from this first highlight collections, kakemono, makimono screens and datable from the XVI th to the XIX th century outline other secular currents in the history of Japanese painting in particular that of the Ukiyo-e ( “pictures Floating World “), illustrated by a group of nearly 3000 prints collected at the beginning of this century by great collectors (Camondo, Koechlin …), among which” The Musashi Plain “EO 2007.
Finally, lacquers, ceramics (sandstone Tea Ceremony and porcelain), ivories (netsuke) and sword guard evoke the diversity of Japanese applied arts.