Join curators Rosina Buckland, Qin Cao and Louise Boyd as they describe the research that went into the creation of the Exploring East Asia gallery. Due to open in Spring 2019, the gallery explores the diverse traditions, peoples and histories of East Asia’s fascinating and dynamic cultures.
  • Early 19th century suit of Samurai armour.

    Early 19th century suit of Samurai armour.
  • Inro or medicine case of mirror-black lacquered wood, with four compartments, decorated with a rising sun and a tortoise in gold: Japan, by Yamada Jokasai, 19th century.

    Inro or medicine case of mirror-black lacquered wood, with four compartments, decorated with a rising sun and a tortoise in gold: Japan, by Yamada Jokasai, 19th century.
  • Netsuke of carved ivory, a hare, signed: Japan, by Tomotada.

    Netsuke of carved ivory, a hare, signed: Japan, by Tomotada.
  • Cup of stoneware, with a high perforated foot, and a hematite covered interior, excavated in Nara Prefecture, Japan: Korea, Three Kingdoms period, 5th - 6th century AD.

    Cup of stoneware, with a high perforated foot, and a hematite covered interior, excavated in Nara Prefecture, Japan: Korea, Three Kingdoms period, 5th - 6th century AD.
  • Bowl of imperial yellow glass, one of a pair: China, Qianlong period.

    Bowl of imperial yellow glass, one of a pair: China, Qianlong period.
  • Moon flask of carved red lacquer on a porcelain body, decorated on both sides with a landscape: China, Qing dynasty, late 19th century.

    Moon flask of carved red lacquer on a porcelain body, decorated on both sides with a landscape: China, Qing dynasty, late 19th century.
  • Vase of cloisonne enamel on copper, in colours with fishes among lotus and other aquatic plants, and border of interlocking dragon strapwork design round neck, probable original lid now missing: China, Ming dynasty, 16th century.

    Vase of cloisonne enamel on copper, in colours with fishes among lotus and other aquatic plants, and border of interlocking dragon strapwork design round neck, probable original lid now missing: China, Ming dynasty, 16th century.
  • Lotus-shaped cup and stand of stoneware, decorated with inlaid designs in white and brown slip under a blue-green glaze: Korea, Goryeo Dynasty, 918 - 1392 AD.

    Lotus-shaped cup and stand of stoneware, decorated with inlaid designs in white and brown slip under a blue-green glaze: Korea, Goryeo Dynasty, 918 - 1392 AD.
  • Young woman's robe (furisode), of rep silk with design of maple branches above a festival curtain, outlined with couched gold thread, with padded hem and red silk lining, possibly for wedding ceremony: Japan, 1868-1900.

    Young woman's robe (furisode), of rep silk with design of maple branches above a festival curtain, outlined with couched gold thread, with padded hem and red silk lining, possibly for wedding ceremony: Japan, 1868-1900.
  • Painting on silk, Illustration of an Imperial First Rank Concubine's Winter Court Robe No. 2, from the "Huangchao liqi tushi" (Illustrations of Imperial Ritual Paraphernalia): China, Qing dynasty, c. 1760-1766.

    Painting on silk, Illustration of an Imperial First Rank Concubine's Winter Court Robe No. 2, from the "Huangchao liqi tushi" (Illustrations of Imperial Ritual Paraphernalia): China, Qing dynasty, c. 1760-1766.
  • Ceramic figure of a happy worker, one of a set of nine figures depicting different Chinese national minorities, the group of six dancers and musicians and three happy workers was intended to show the contentment of the minorities with New China: China, c1960- 65.

    Ceramic figure of a happy worker, one of a set of nine figures depicting different Chinese national minorities, the group of six dancers and musicians and three happy workers was intended to show the contentment of the minorities with New China: China, c1960- 65.
  • Porcelain figure group entitled Looking up to Mao, with brocade-covered storage box: China, Jingdezhen, 1972-74.

    Porcelain figure group entitled Looking up to Mao, with brocade-covered storage box: China, Jingdezhen, 1972-74.
  • Rice measure of carved red, green and brown lacquer, square and decorated with five-clawed dragons in clouds above mountains and sea, with reign mark on base, and with wooden stand: China, Ming Dynasty, Jiajing reign, 1521-1567 AD.

    Rice measure of carved red, green and brown lacquer, square and decorated with five-clawed dragons in clouds above mountains and sea, with reign mark on base, and with wooden stand: China, Ming Dynasty, Jiajing reign, 1521-1567 AD.
  • Colour woodblock print entitled Shinagawa, from the series Tokaido gojusan-tsugi no uchi (53 Stations of the Tokaido), with the kabuki actor Ichikawa Ebizo V as Tonbei the ferryman, from the play Shinrei yaguchi no watashi: Japan, by Utagawa Kunisada, 1852.

    Colour woodblock print entitled Shinagawa, from the series Tokaido gojusan-tsugi no uchi (53 Stations of the Tokaido), with the kabuki actor Ichikawa Ebizo V as Tonbei the ferryman, from the play Shinrei yaguchi no watashi: Japan, by Utagawa Kunisada, 1852.
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When

21 Feb 2019
14:00 - 15:00 (Doors open at 13:45)

Where

Auditorium, Level 1. Entry via Chambers Street.

How much

Free

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