Blooming of Designs and Techniques: Chizhou Klin and Song Ceramics

Seikado Bunko Art Museum

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Song ceramics, Chinese ceramics of the Song dynasty (960-1279), enjoy worldwide reputation as they indicate a pinnacle of Chinese decorative art culture. In 2020 it will be about 100 years since the discovery of the ruins of the Northern Song dynasty in Julu and rediscovery of Cizhou kiln ceramics which prompted the collection of Song ceramics in the modern age.
Located in the southern part of Hebei province, Cizhou kiln was a non-governmental ceramic factory which produced a large quantity of daily wares from the Five Dynasties period to the contemporary age. Based on white slip coating and black glaze techniques, it produced a wide variety of ceramics rich in decorative designs, using a unique sculptural technique called sugraffito, underglaze iron painting, overglaze enamel, sancai and turquoise blue glaze. The production area of similar ceramic wares spread widely to the northern China including Henan, Shanxi, Shandon, Anhui and Shaanxi provinces. The techniques were further transmitted beyond the border to Liao (916-1125) of Khitan people and Western Xia (1038-1227) of Tangut people.
The present exhibition introduces Cizhou ware in the Seikado collection which have never been shown as a large group, together with other ceramics related with Cizhou ware (Cizhou type ware). Also on display are the National Treasure “Yohen tenmoku (Inaba tenmoku)” tea bowl and other Song ceramic masterpieces.
* Julu… A town in the southern part of Hebei province. The entire town was buried in mud when the Zhang river flooded in 1108. Its ruins were discovered around 1920 and a large scale excavation began. A large quantity of ceramics including Cizhou ware was found together with architectural ruins. The site was called Pompeii of Asia.



from January 18, 2020 to March 15, 2020

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Adults ¥1000, University and High School Students and Registered Disabled +1 assistant ¥700, Junior High School Students and under free.

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From 10:00 To 16:30
Closed on Mondays
Note:On a Public Holiday Monday, the Museum is open, but closed on the following Tuesday.


Address: 2-23-1 Okamoto, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 157-0076
Phone: 03-5777-8600

20 minute walk from Futako Tamagawa Station on the Tokyu Den'entoshi and Tokyu Oimachi lines. From Futako Tamagawa Station, take Tokyu Bus(Tama 31, 32 and 35) and get off at Seikado Bunko. The venue is 3 minute walk from there.

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