'Playthings' of samurai and scholars

A Qing dynasty leaf-shaped tray (left) and two Meiji period yatate (right) for storing writing brushes and ink. A Meiji period yatate, or writing brush case (front), and a Qing dynasty carved lacquer stand (back). A porcelain kiseru tobacco pipe from
A Qing dynasty leaf-shaped tray (left) and two Meiji period yatate (right) for storing writing brushes and ink. ST PHOTO: CLAIRE HUANG
A Qing dynasty leaf-shaped tray (left) and two Meiji period yatate (right) for storing writing brushes and ink. A Meiji period yatate, or writing brush case (front), and a Qing dynasty carved lacquer stand (back). A porcelain kiseru tobacco pipe from
A Meiji period yatate, or writing brush case (front), and a Qing dynasty carved lacquer stand (back).ST PHOTO: CLAIRE HUANG
A Qing dynasty leaf-shaped tray (left) and two Meiji period yatate (right) for storing writing brushes and ink. A Meiji period yatate, or writing brush case (front), and a Qing dynasty carved lacquer stand (back). A porcelain kiseru tobacco pipe from
A porcelain kiseru tobacco pipe from the Meiji period (top) and a Nobe kiseru (below) dating back to the late Edo and early Meiji period.ST PHOTO: CLAIRE HUANG

A new exhibition in Hong Kong focuses on writing and smoking tools used by power brokers in ancient China and Japan

Hong Kong city's biggest private museum, home to one of the world's most extensive and well-curated collections of Chinese antique furniture, has added greater depth with its newly acquired Japanese collection.

Liang Yi Museum's spring exhibition - Chrysanthemum And Dragon: The Art Of Ornamentation In Japan And China In The 17th To 19th Century - features more than 180 Japanese objects.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 20, 2019, with the headline ''Playthings' of samurai and scholars'. Print Edition | Subscribe