Today we arrive at British Museum Room 92-94 – Japan for our weekly Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.
Room 92-94, also known as the Mitsubishi Corporation Galleries, house a diverse array of art and objects from Japan. Presented here are our top three must-see objects on view here. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss these!
1. Fudô Myô-Ô, Late 17th century, by Unknown
2. set of armour, 17th century, by Unknown
3. Kakiemon elephant, Late 17th century, by Unknown
Some fun facts about the Museum :
– The Mitsubishi Corporation is a Japanese trading company that was founded in 1950. They support the Japanese collection at the British Museum.
– The galleries trace the history of Japan from ancient times to present day. This is done through a variety of interesting objects and artefacts. From technological evolution, changes in weaponry to the development of various artistic styles. We find herein a record of all this and more.
– The objects show us what it would be like to live in Japan and immerse oneself in the culture. Furthermore, we also get a glimpse of Japan’s relations with the rest of the world, and the influence of Japanese culture around the globe.
– An interesting highlight in this gallery is the period in the early 1600s when Japan was a closed economy.
A Final Thought :
This gallery boasts of holding one of the most impressive collections of Japanese objects outside of Japan. It takes the viewer on a journey into the country’s rich heritage. Each object tells a story of its own, yet ties into the larger narrative of national identity, which is upheld as much by the past, as it is by the present.
Visit Art From Us Archive for Museum Guide collated by Divvya Nirula. Here you shall find more suggestions on where you should visit next. And what you should see there.