T A S M A N I A N M U S EU M A N D A R T G A L L E R Y – TAASA Review December 2011


This article was originally found in the December 2011 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 20, Issue 4, Page 59).

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The Asian collection at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) was built on donations, and until the turn of the century consisted mainly of souvenirs and mementos.

A more systematic representation of Asian decorative arts began in 2003, with a substantial donation of Chinese antiquities by Professor Shiu Hon and Mrs Nancy Wong.

On the strength of that, Mrs Janet Gale offered her fine collection of Japanese netsuke (toggles) and sagemono (containers) to the TMAG in 2007. This collection consists of 91 netsuke, 16 of which are incorporated into sets with sagemono...