Japanese Collection at the Ashmolean Museum

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Wednesday 21 March 2012 - 10:45 until 15:15

Immerse yourself in 400 years of Japanese artistry at the Ashmolean's acclaimed Centre for Islamic and Asian art.


The tour of the New Galleries will be led by the Director, Dr Christopher Brown C.B.E and Dr Clare Pollard, the Curator of the Japanese Collection.


There has been Japanese material in the Ashmolean's collections from the earliest stages of the Museum's history. A pair of Japanese zori, described in an early inventory as ‘sandals made of twigs', was part of the original Tradescant collection; the foundation of the Ashmolean Museum given to the University of Oxford by Elias Ashmole.


The Japanese collection is now best known for its ceramics, in particular the collection of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century export porcelain which is one of the most comprehensive collections in the world. Ceramics for the Japanese market are also well represented, including fine examples of Arita, Nabeshima and Hirado porcelain, tea ceremony wares and Kyoto earthenwares.

Venue information

Opening times

Tue – Sun, Bank Holiday Mon, 10am – 5pm

Closed 24 – 26 Dec

Entry details

Tickets £15

Please be aware tickets are limited.

Contact David Custance david.custance@btinternet.com or 01608 661386

"Art Fund" is the operating name of the National Art Collections Fund, a charity registered in England and Wales (209174) and Scotland (SC038331)