Exploring Asian Art at SOAS Library
SOAS Archives has recently hosted two specialist workshops showcasing beautiful examples of Asian art in the collections of rare books and manuscripts held by the section, with a focus on material relating to Japan.
The most recent session, pictured here, took place on 4th June, for students taking the SOAS Diploma in Asian Art (Japan and Korea module). A separate session held in April, was for SOAS students taking the Popular Practice in the Edo Period Arts module, as part of their MA in the History of Art.
In each session participants were introduced to examples of some of the treasures in the SOAS collections, and given the opportunity to handle some of these items and discuss their background and significance. Material put out on display in the Special Collections Reading Room included rare Japanese printed books, handwritten manuscripts, colour prints and maps. Just a few examples are shown here.