A Taste for the Exotic

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Surcoat (jinbaori) with mon, late C18, AGSA

A Taste for the Exotic

The Samurai and a World of Commodities

The unification of Japan in the early 17th century under the Tokugawa shogunate led to a period of unprecedented peace and flourishing of arts and culture. The military elite were transformed from warriors to administrators required to own garments and accoutrements suitable to their status. The reduction of contact with the world through a series of edicts did not diminish the military elite’s interest in foreign commodities, particularly ceramics and textiles. Drawing on the AGSA exhibition Samurai, this lecture will present the continuing interest in foreign commodities during a period when the archipelago is often described as ‘closed’.

Russell Kelty is Associate Curator of Asian Art at AGSA, and curator of Samurai. He spent three years living and working in Japan and is currently a PhD candidate at Sydney University, examining the depiction of foreign ships in Japan from c.1639 to 1854.

How to Register: Please email Chris Manning (bookings@taasa.org.au) by Saturday 3 October to secure your place.

Registration is only available to current TAASA members. Registered participants will be sent the link a day or two before the lecture. If you have not used Zoom before, there is no need to download it in advance. Just follow the prompts after you click on the link that will be sent to you upon registration and your device will download and connect you to Zoom.

Once you have registered with Chris, if you find you can no longer attend this lecture please advise her so that waitlisted members can take your place.


5 October, 2020
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm AEDT
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