Rosina Buckland is Senior Curator, responsible for the Japanese collections.

Rosina BucklandDr Buckland read Japanese Studies at the University of Cambridge and she obtained her doctorate in Japanese art history from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University in 2008. She worked at the British Museum both before and after her PhD, documenting and researching the collection of Japanese paintings, and was closely involved with the launch of the collections database online.

She joined National Museums Scotland in 2010, where she curates the Japanese collections, comprising a large group of 19th-century woodblock prints, ceramics, metalware, lacquer, miniature arts, textiles, arms and armour, archaeological and ethnographic material.

Her primary research interest is Japanese visual culture of the 19th century, in particular the world of Sinophile interests among artists, poets, and scholars. In 2013 she produced an exhibition drawn from the Museum’s Japanese 19th-century woodblock print collection, with accompanying catalogue. She also contributed to the collaborative project at the British Museum and the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London), Shunga: Sex and Humour in Japanese Art, 1600–1900. Latest research projects have been on recently rediscovered works: the 17th-century handscroll painting ‘Theatres of the East’ by Furuyama Moromasa (City of Edinburgh Council), and a large group of preparatory sketches by Taki Katei (Liverpool Museums). She is currently planning the Museum’s new East Asia Gallery, as part of the HLF-funded Revealing Cultures project.




  • Buckland, Rosina (2017), A pair of handscroll paintings depicting the theatre district and the New-Yoshiwara, by Furuyama  Moromasa [in Japanese], Kokka 1466 (pp. 7-18).
  • Buckland, Rosina (2016) Unknown Japanese paintings in Scotland” Andon: Bulletin of the Society for Japanese Arts, 101 (pp. 6-18).
  • Buckland, Rosina (2016) "Beneficial Purity in the Fragrant Distance and Autumn Lustre at the Eastern Fence, by Taki Katei" [in Japanese]. Kokka 1448 (pp. 39-42).
  • “Shunga in the Meiji era,” catalogue essay in Timothy Clark, ed., Shunga: Sex and Humour in Japanese Art, 1600–1900 (London: British Museum Press, 2013)
  • “Unknown paintings of the Tosa and Sumiyoshi schools” in Shimohara Miho (ed.), Kinsei yamatoe saiko: Nichi, Ei, Bei, sorezore no shiten kara[Reconsidering Early Modern Native-style Painting in Japan: From the Viewpoints of Japan, the UK and America] (Tokyo: Brücke Publishing, 2013)
  • “Iwasa Matabei-ha Kuruma arasoi zu byōbu” [Battle of the Carriagesscreen by the Iwasa Matabei school], Kokka no. 1358 (December 2008)
  • “Kyōsai and the Meiji-era Art World” in Rosina Buckland, Timothy Clark & Shigeru Oikawa, A Japanese Menagerie: Animal Pictures by Kawanabe Kyōsai (London: British Museum Press, 2006), pp. 8-18.
  • “The Message of the Monkeys,” Oriental Art vol. XLIX, no. 5 (2004), pp. 2-10.
  • “Sounds of the Psalter: Orality and Musical Symbolism in the Luttrell Psalter,” Music in Art: International Journal for Music Iconography vol. 29: 1-2 (2004), pp. 71-97.

For further publications see: National Museums Scotland Research Repository.

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