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AAB 2014- Joyce Seaman : Supernatural Themes in Manjū Netsuke from the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

The Lecture

Most people are familiar with Japanese netsuke, the carved toggles used to attach small personal items to the kimono sash. Often overlooked, however, is a type of netsuke known as manjū; named for its shape, the manjū netsuke was usually flattish and round, resembling a sweet bean-paste filled bun. It provided two surfaces for the artist to decorate with illustrations from printed books, woodblock prints or simply ideas from his own imagination. This lecture will look at subjects related to the supernatural, drawing on examples from the Ashmolean’s collection to discuss demons malign, benign and humorous, and their appearance on nineteenth-century manjū netsuke.


The Speaker

Joyce Seaman is a Research Associate in the Japanese Department at the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford. She is the author of Manjū Netsuke from the Collection of the Ashmolean Museum (2013).


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Date : June 5, 2015

Location : Brussels

Organization : Asian Art in Brussels Fair – ArtConnoisseurs