This visual index is an attempt to break down the collections art into various specific categories; not only by shapes but also by uses. Many people are interested in colors, and in Japan most artists mastered all types of pigments but some specialized in sumi - that painting produced by using only black ink; they were so good that today we argue about how much "color" a certain artist can show while using black ink.
Into this category of "types", we have introduced Lacquer and also Architecture. A person viewing a scroll or screen must also be aware of the architecture surrounding it. A little book called, "In Praise of Shadows," describes the Japanese respect for light, or more importantly, for the lack of it.
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