Nakagawa Mamoru Japanese, Living National Treasures, b. 1947

Nakagawa Mamoru, recognized for his outstanding mastery of zōgan (metalinlay, was designated a Living National Treasure in 2004 at the age of 56, the second youngest in history. Nakagawa has been a seminal figure in revitalizing metal-inlay as an important genre of decorative arts in Japan since it’s decline during the Meiji Restoration period. He has enlivened the traditionally monotone realm of metal casting with an unprecedented palette of colors. Since the zōgan technique is said to have originated around Turkey, the artist has traveled there many times, following the Silk Road, the cultural crossroads of eastern and western Asia. In 2008, he visited the United States on a cultural exchange fellowship from Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs. While on the fellowship in Washington, D.C., he taught a master class on the Kaga zōgan technique at the Corcoran College of Art and Design. 

Selected Public Collections:  

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | New York 

The British Museum | London,

Victoria and Albert Museum | London 

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art | Kanazawa

Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art | Kanazawa