Imperial Household Artist

An Imperial Household Artist (Japanese: Teishitsu Gigei-in 帝室技芸員) was an artist who was officially appointed by the Imperial Household Ministry to create works of art for the Tokyo Imperial Palace and other imperial residences. The system came into being during the Meiji era in 1890 and was discontinued after the end of World War II. Most pieces of work cannot be seen in public except in the Museum of the Imperial Collections, as well as occasional pieces in the Tokyo National Museum.

The system was abolished after World War II. Important artists are still designated and protected by the government however under the system of Living National Treasures.

List of artists

Renowned artists who were officially appointed included:


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