National Museums Scotland has strong connections with Japan and other countries through international research interests in our historic Japanese collections.

New information on our Japanese collection continues to be added to our online collections access database, including most recently a selection of 343 ceramics and porcelain from our collection donated by David Hyatt King and over 3,000 woodblock prints. The slideshow below shows objects from the collection, which were showcased in the exhibition Masters of Japanese Porcelain.

  • Month plate by Seifu Yohei III, with flowers and dragonfly, c.1890.

    Month plate by Seifu Yohei III, with flowers and dragonfly, c.1890.
  • Sculpture of recumbent lion-dog (shishi) with celadon glaze, by Makuzu Kozan I, 1900 - 1910.

    Sculpture of recumbent lion-dog (shishi) with celadon glaze, by Makuzu Kozan I, 1900 - 1910.
  • Large stoneware vase decorated in low relief with foliage, possibly Suwa Sozan design, by Kinkozan, c.1900.

    Large stoneware vase decorated in low relief with foliage, possibly Suwa Sozan design, by Kinkozan, c.1900.
  • Bottle vase by Miyagawa Kozan with dragon design in underglaze copper red, c.1880 - 90.

    Bottle vase by Miyagawa Kozan with dragon design in underglaze copper red, c.1880 - 90.
  • Red cylinder vase with blue dragon roundels by Seifu Yohei III. c.1890.

    Red cylinder vase with blue dragon roundels by Seifu Yohei III. c.1890.
  • Bowl by Ito Tozan I with design of dragon and phoenix in overglaze enamels, 1922.

    Bowl by Ito Tozan I with design of dragon and phoenix in overglaze enamels, 1922.
  • Globular yellow vase in the imperial Chinese style, by Seifu Yohei III, 1890s.

    Globular yellow vase in the imperial Chinese style, by Seifu Yohei III, 1890s.


We are interested in developing new projects, including further research and potentially further exhibitions around these collections in particular.

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