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Japan

From Japan's decorative arts, which mostly date to the Edo period (about 1600-1868), there are tsuba (sword-guards), netsuke (toggles) and inrō (boxes), as well as portable shrines and other lacquer boxes and containers and over 120 painted scrolls and manuscripts, including many Nara e-hon and sutras.

The Japanese woodblock prints include some 450 ukiyo-e prints, as well as 350 privately produced surimono prints, the latter acquired in 1954 from the Dr M. Cooper collection and built up by Jack Hillier between then and about 1964.