|KEY WORD : art history / crafts|
| Lit. Chinese things. The term is especially common in *chanoyu
茶湯 to designate paintings, ceramics, lacquerware, textiles and other crafts,
but has been used in a variety of contexts since the 8c. The appeal of karamono,
as distinct from *wamono
和物 or Japanese objects, is rooted in a fascination with the exoticism and
prestige of Chinese culture. However, many karamono were not produced
in China but came from Korea or other regions. Reverence for karamono
is often associated with Ashikaga Yoshimasa 足利義政 (1436-90) whose collection
of them was unsurpassed.
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