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Ceramics in Japanese woodblock prints

The talk presents ceramic wares that were depicted in Japanese woodblock prints. It will introduce the different types of wares incorporated into print designs and illustrate the large variety of settings of the vessels. Often depicted as part of accoutrements in prints of beauties (bijinga), they are also showcased in context of tea ceremony and banquet settings. Privately published surimono prints present a vast array of ceramic vessels as still lives. But the woodblock prints also invite us into scenes of ceramic craftsmen, kilns, and workshops.

The lecture will highlight Japan’s long tradition and fascination with ceramics.

Image: Okita of the Naniwaya by Kitagawa Utamaro (1754–1806) Edo period, c. 1793
© The Trustees of the British Museum

This lecture is kindly sponsored by Woolley and Wallis


12 Dec 2023


Drinks will be served from 17:30
6:15 pm - 7:00 pm


  • Monika Hinkel
    Monika Hinkel

    Dr Monika Hinkel is lecturer in the Arts of East Asian Art at SOAS, University of London. She studied Japanese Studies and Oriental Art History at Bonn University where received her PhD. She was curator for Japanese Art at the Museum of East Asian Art in Cologne and a guest researcher at Gakushuin University in Tokyo. She has lectured at SOAS, Birkbeck, the V&A and Morley College. Her main research field is Japanese woodblock prints.

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