Treasures from the ancient Japanese mounded tombs: current research on the Gowland Collection

External event - British Museum

Saturday 19 March, 2016
9:30am GMT - 1:00pm GMT

Sackler Rooms, Clore Centre, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG

*Most of the talks will be in Japanese with English summaries available

Free, booking essential

About the Workshop

A half-day symposium where Japanese and British specialists will present the findings of their major research project into the Gowland Collection of Kofun period materials (3rd-7th centuries AD) held at the British Museum. These artefacts and archive, acquired by William Gowland during his long sojourn in Japan in the later 19th century, comprise a unique collection outside Japan, illuminating both the history of Japanese archaeology and the origins of the state in Japan, when rulers were buried in some of the largest burial monuments of the ancient world

Gowland standing in the main burial chamber of one of Tsukahara Kofun group mound © Trustees of the British Museum

About the Speakers

Tomiyama Naoto (Kobe Chuo Municipal Library)
Progression of the William Gowland research project

Nishimura Hideko (Otemae University)
Method and progress towards the Gowland materials database

Hishida Tetsuo (Kyoto Prefectural University)
The site survey and ceramic research of William Gowland

Maeda Toshio (Archaeological Institute of Kashihara)
Research of stoneware ceramics in the Gowland collection

Isahaya Naoto (Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties)
Survey of horse ornaments and harnesses in the Gowland collection

Luke Edgington-Brown (University of East Anglia)
William Gowland in the context of Japanese and British archaeology

This lecture is co-organised by the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, and the British Museum

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