Looking for last-minute holiday gifts? The Metropolitan Museum of Art Store is always a good go-to shop. This year I found quite a few gorgeous Asian art items, and it just so happened that all of the pieces were less than $25! So I put together this guide—you can order any of the below items by searching by item number at the store website.
A. Hiroshige Cherry Blossom Christmas Ornament: The design adapts a delicate cherry blossom in the foreground of a color woodblock print by Utagawa Hiroshige (1797–1858). Lovely but short-lived, cherry blossoms are a recurring motif in Japanese art that symbolize the passing of time. Produced in cooperation with the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Silver plate, with hand-applied enamel. Diameter 3 3/4 in. Includes a silver cord for hanging. Item #10-073617: $17.50 each.
B. Flowers and Grasses of the Four Seasons Holiday Cards: The colorful floral design decorating these elegant holiday cards is reproduced from a detail from a pair of early 19th-century six-panel painted screens by Japanese artist Nakamura Hochu. Produced in cooperation with The British Museum, London. 15 accordion-style cards, 15 white envelopes per box. Item #11-068186: $8.98.
C. Fruits and Flowers Bridge Set: The card game of bridge can be traced back to the 19th century, when the earliest known bridge rule book was found. A richly colored fruits and flowers motif is depicted on the playing cards and score pad, which together form a handsome gift set. Produced in cooperation with The Art Institute of Chicago. Double deck of bridge cards and score pad with instructions. Item #11-021854: $19.95.
D. Flowers of Asia Notecards: The notecards are a celebration of chrysanthemums, peonies, poppies, lotuses, and irises delicately rendered by Chinese and Japanese masters, and shown in fine detail. The images are reproduced from works in the Museum’s collection by artists such as Kitagawa Sosetsu, Ogata Korin, Utagawa Hiroshige, Suzuki Kiitsu, Utamaro Kitagawa, and Qian Weicheng. 3 each of 12 images, 36 cards per box. Boxed with 38 envelopes. Item #11-067386: $21.95.
E. Japanese Robes Notecards: Details of birds, flowers, and trees decorate these notecards, which feature reproductions of lavishly embroidered Japanese silk robes from the Edo period (1615–1868) that are now in the Museum’s collection. 4 each of 5 images, 20 cards per box. Includes 21 envelopes in a keepsake box. Item #11-068350: $14.95.