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Japan in the Meiji Era. The collection Heinrich von Siebold

The Meiji era covers the period from 1868 to 1912 in Japanese history. This was a time when the
feudal state was developing into a modern super power, when Japanese society was changing and
opening up to the world. This still-unknown country aroused great interest in Europe. Heinrich
von Siebold, the son of the doctor and famous researcher on Japan, Philipp Franz von Siebold,
travelled to Japan as a teenager and spent most of his life there. Heinrich von Siebold donated his
collection of Japanese objects to Emperor Franz Josef for the k. u. k. Natural History Museum and
was therefore granted the title of a baron. Today, this donation forms part of the core inventory of
the Weltmuseum Wien East Asian collection.
The history of this collection has been reconstructed and recreated in the exhibition Japan in the
Meiji Era, based on three historical object photographs from the nineteenth century. The
exhibition also presents the results of the joint research project with the National Museum of
Japanese History.

About the exhibition
The exhibition will present the results of a joint research project with the National Museum of
Japanese History. Japan in the Meiji Era is based on three historical photographs from the
nineteenth century, which show how the collection was set-up at the family's private residence. A
film reconstructs this set-up using the object mapping technology, giving an impression of the
original installation. At the same time, the objects will be displayed in five exhibition rooms and
presented with a current assessment of the historical value of a Meiji-era collection. A symposium
on Heinrich von Siebold and his collection will take place in March 2020.

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Press Release (pdf, 1 MB)
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Heinrich Freiherr von Siebold in Japanese dress (jpg, 370 KB)

1897
© Siebold-Archiv Burg Brandenstein

月琴 Gekkin (Moon lute)  (jpg, 539 KB)

(Four-stringed Chinese lute Ch. yueqin)
Workshop: Ishimura Minosuke (Shakusai)
Tokyo, after 1872 and before 1882
Wood, jade
© KHM-Museumsverband

団扇 Fan (jpg, 794 KB)

Late Edo (1600–1868) to Meiji period (1868–1912),
before 1882
Paper, bamboo, pigments, micca
© KHM-Museumsverband

華鬘 Keman  (jpg, 731 KB)

Edo- (1600–1868) to Meiji period (1868–1912), before
1882
Gilded copper
© KHM-Museumsverband

色絵布袋形合子 Colored small lidded container in the shape of Budai (Jp. Hotei)  (jpg, 500 KB)

Late Edo to early Meiji (1600 – 1812) middle to latter
half of the 19th cent., before 1882
Hizen ware
Collection Brandenstein-Zeppelin family
© Siebold-Archiv Burg Brandenstein

縄文時代の石器 Stone tools  (jpg, 486 KB)

Late Jōmon period (14000 – 950 BCE)
Stone
© KHM-Museumsverband

阿弥陀三尊像 Amida Trinity  (jpg, 1 MB)

Standing Amida Nyorai statue: Muromachi period
(15th to 16th cent.), wood and gold foil
Left attendant statue: made by Kōkei, Edo Period
(17th to 18th cent.), wood with gold paint (body) and
gold foil (clothing),
Right attendant statue: made by Shikibu-shō, Edo
period (17th to 18th cent.), wood with gold paint
(body) and gold foil (clothing)
© KHM-Museumsverband

龍置物 Ryū okimono (Dragon figurine)  (jpg, 484 KB)

Artist: Kimura Toun. Inscription: “Aged 69” “Cast by
Toun”, Edo (Tokyo)
Edo period (1600–1868)
Bronze, silver, crystal
© KHM-Museumsverband

剣酢漿草散唐草文蒔絵挟箱 Makie lacquered traveling box (hasami bako) with a scattered sword wood sorrel arabesque pattern (jpg, 1 MB)

Latter half of Edo period (1600–1868)
Wood, lacquer, metal
© KHM-Museumsverband

色絵百仙人図沈香壺 Vase with the motive of one hundred hermits (jpg, 661 KB)

Early Meiji period (1868-1912), before 1882
Kutani Porcelain
© KHM-Museumsverband

Exhibition view (jpg, 1 MB)

© KHM-Museumsverband

Exhibition view (jpg, 1 MB)

© KHM-Museumsverband

Exhibition view (jpg, 1 MB)

© KHM-Museumsverband

Exhibition view (jpg, 731 KB)

© KHM-Museumsverband

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© KHM-Museumsverband

Exhibition view (jpg, 820 KB)

© KHM-Museumsverband

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© KHM-Museumsverband

Kontakt
Nina Auinger-Sutterlüty, MAS
Mag. Sarah Aistleitner
info.pr@weltmuseumwien.at
T +43 1 525 24 - 4021
oder +43 1 525 24 - 4025

 

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