By Pat Loeb

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Kano school of painting dominated Japanese art for nearly four centuries, but few Americans are familiar with the works produced for Shogun castles and temples through the late 1800s.

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That’s why Philadelphia Museum of Art Curator Felice Fischer says the show “Ink and Gold” is such a rare and important opportunity.

“They’re not usually available for the public to see, and it took many a visit and many a cup of tea to convince them that Philadelphia was the right place to share their treasures,” Fischer says.

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The art is so fragile that it couldn’t be exposed to light for more than four weeks, so the works were shown in three cycles. This final one features scrolls, screens and sliding doors with scenes from nature and from the world’s first novel, The Tale of Genji.

“This is the first of the four-week shows that features The Tale of Genji, so even if you’ve been here before, you should come back, because you’ll see something totally different,” Fischer explains.

The show is over May 10th.

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