Dead Blogging ‘Eaglemania’ at McMullen Museum of Art

Well the Missus and I trundled out to Boston College’s McMullen Museum yesterday to check out Eaglemania: Collecting Japanese Art in Gilded Age America and say, it was swell.

Eaglemania: Collecting Japanese Art in Gilded Age America celebrates and contextualizes Boston College’s monumental bronze eagle, a replica of which now appears atop a column on the University’s Linden Lane. Revealed during its recent conservation to be a Japanese masterpiece from the Meiji period (1868–1912), the original eagle was donated to Boston College in the 1950s by the estate of diplomat and collector Larz Anderson (1866–1937) and his wife, Isabel (1876–1948) . . .

In the exhibition, bronze, silver, and ivory sculptures of birds of prey, folding screens, scroll paintings, netsuke, lacquerware, ceramics, and textiles join to bring the history of the stunning Boston College eagle to life.

The eagle is quite spectacular, so here’s a better view.


Many of the other nearly 100 objects in the exhibit – which range from hawks and eagles in the Edo period (1615–1868) to exquisitely crafted folding screens to stunning porcelain works – are equally arresting.

Representative samples:


The exhibit runs through June 2. Well worth a trundle.

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4 Responses to Dead Blogging ‘Eaglemania’ at McMullen Museum of Art

  1. says:


    Jim and I are familiar with the Golden Eagle. During May 30-June 2, Jim and his classmates will be celebrated as “Golden Eagles” for their 50th reunion.

    Guess we’ll check out the exhibit. Thanks for the heads up.

    Take care One/one

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. Bill Schweber says:

    There seems to be a whole lotta “trundling” going on here…this needs to be investigated!

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