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Ashmolean Museum

Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2PH

Tel: 01865 278000
Fax: 01865 278018



The Ashmolean Museum, founded in 1683, is the oldest museum in Britain. Part of Oxford University, its diverse collections range from Western painting and decorative arts, to antiquities from Europe, Egypt and the Near East, to coins, casts of Greek and Roman sculpture and Asian art from Japan, China, Central Asia, India and across the Islamic world.


The Ashmolean��s Japanese collection numbers around 5,000 objects plus some 3,000 potsherds. The collection is best known for its ceramics, in particular the comprehensive collection of 17th- to 18th-century export porcelain (some 500 examples). Ceramics for the Japanese market are also represented, with fine examples of Arita and Nabeshima porcelain, tea ceremony wares and Kyoto earthenwares. The Museum also holds paintings and screens from many of the major painting schools (c 470). Other highlights include woodblock prints (c 2,000), Buddhist and secular sculpture, netsuke and inro, 17th century export lacquer, archaeological material (including haniwa), one suit of armour, a few swords and many examples of sword furniture (c 2,000) and some textiles. There are also around one hundred examples of Meiji period artworks, including cloisonné, bronzes and ceramics.





Attributed to Watanabe Shiko, Flowers of the four seasons, first half of 18th century, pair of six-fold screens, ink, colour and gold on paper © Ashmolean Museum

Lacquered cabinet in the Kodaiji maki-e style, Momoyama period (1573-1615), wood with black lacquer, gold hiramaki-e and nashiji, gold and silver foil, copper gilt fittings © Ashmolean Museum






Namikawa Yasuyuki, Waterfall vase, c 1910,
cloisonné enamel © Ashmolean Museum


Kakeimon-style jar and cover, c.1670, porcelain decorated in overglaze coloured enamels with a design of chrysanthemums, rocks, flowering
plants, butterflies and clouds
© Ashmolean Museum

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