Miyagi Network News vol.162

~We were given the testimonial by the Prefectural Governor~

~New Discovery of the painting by Kokan Shiba~

 This is Daisuke Sato, a secretariat officer of the Miyagi Network for Preserving Historical Materials. Soon, a year will have passed since the Great Eastern Japanese Earthquake. We would like to express our deepest gratitude for all of your support of our rescue activities for the historical materials.

  • We were given the testimonial by the Prefectural Governor of Miyagi

On February 2012, Prefectural Governor Yoshihiro Murai awarded the testimonial for our rescue activities of supporting the devastated areas. We recognise that this is the results of your efforts, who support and cooperate with our activities. We appreciate your contribution.

  •  We confirmed the painting by Kokan Shiba as a new discovery

The historical materials for which we had carried out the rescue operation on 29th January in Ishinomaki City involved 2 canvases which were thought to have been drawn by Kokan Shiba (1747-1818), a famous painter in the Edo Period. They were confirmed as genuine, and it was revealed to be new discovery. One of them was showed a broad view of Mt Fuji from Enoshima (Fujisawa City, Kanagawa, Figure 1), and the other was that from Kanazawa Nomidai (Yokohama City, Figure 2). These were given to Sendai City Museum by Mr Shinichiro Katsumata, the owner of them. Sendai City Museum schedules to exhibit the two paintings in a special exhibition this autumn.

 When we carry out the preserving operation for local historical materials which have not been researched yet, rarely do we find the historical materials which are equivalent of national cultural assets like at this time. Given another example, the Endo Family Archives, which was the family of senior statesmen of Sendai Domain, involved the medieval documents that were stumbled across. This was an operation in which preservation activity had started before the Earthquake though, the two cases have common point that both were not the activity for discovering new documents. Since July 2003, because we have accumulated over 500 inventory surveys including the operation carried out after the quake, it bore fruit as a ‘new discovery’. Moreover, we should not ignore the existence of owners and the local people who have historical materials in their mind.

 Personally, this incident became an opportunity to learn the importance of continuous rescue and preserving operation, and of unceasing inventory survey cooperated with local people, regardless of the type of historical materials.



About Nerwork for Historical Materials
A volunteer group for preserving Cultural Heritage suffered from natural disasters

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