ISBN: 9781909741683
Format: Hardcover
Publication Date: August 2020
Number Of Pages: 320 pages | 300 color plates | 9 1/4 x 10 3/4
Description: Foreword British and Japanese royal family trees Map of Japan 1. Introduction, Rachel Peat 2. First Encounters, 1600–1639, Rachel Peat 3. Trade, 1639–1854, Rachel Peat 4. Porcelain, Melanie Wilson and Rachel Peat 5. Lacquer, Rachel Peat 6. Travel, 1854–1901, Rachel Peat 7. Samurai, Arms and Armour,Gregory Irvine 8. Metalwork, Kathryn Jones 9. Treaty, 1901–1937, Rachel Peat 10. Artistic Exchange, Kathryn Jones 11. Courtly Ritual, Caroline de Guitaut 12. Coda, Rachel Peat 13. Appendix: The Model o


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Japan: Courts and Culture tells the story of three centuries of British royal contact with Japan, from 1603 to c.1937, when the exchange of exquisite works of art was central to both diplomatic relations and cultural communication. With discussions of courtly rituals, trade relationships, treaties, and other matters of concern between the two nations, this book provides important historical and political context in addition to granting a new look at the works of art in question. Featuring new research on previously unpublished works, including porcelain, lacquer, armor, embroidery, metalwork, and works on paper, this book showcases the unparalleled craftsmanship of these objects, and the local materials, techniques, and traditions behind them.

Japan: Courts and Culture is published to accompany a spectacular exhibition of the same name, which opens at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, in June 2020. The book’s stunning photography, contextual essays, and historical insights offer a highly visual record of a royal narrative and history that has not yet been widely documented.

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