[Exhibition / Nara] Morikawa Toen: The 200th Anniversary of His Birth

Nara Prefectural Museum of Art
September 23 – November 14, 2021

From the end of the Edo period to the Meiji period (1868-1912), Morikawa Toen was active in carving Nara dolls, particularly in the itto-bori (lit. single cut) style. This exhibition traces his great career and art through the display of some 200 representative works by him.

The exhibits include more than 30 charming netsuke, mainly based on Noh and Kyogen plays, as well as several smaller works, possibly ojime, in the shape of animals and human figures. (Catalogue available for domestic purchase and delivery.)

A press release in Japanese with images of some works (at the bottom of the document) can be viewed at:


My father Ryushi says: “Toen is a very good
sculptor who should be more highly regarded.
Partly because I, too, paint my works, I have
a greater affinity for his works than for the
works of his contemporaries.” I cannot
agree more!

Nara Prefectural Museum of Art

Address: 160 Noborioji-cho, Nara-shi, Nara 630-8213
Website: https://www.pref.nara.jp/11842.htm

Leaflet, Nara Prefectural Museum of Art (c) 2021