2 July 2020

Lunchtime talks: Japanese netsuke

The sculptors in Being Human were interested in the Asian art they saw in the British Museum.

Bristol has a superb collection of around 200 Japanese netsuke. Join our curator, Kate Newnham to  find out about these carved sculptures worn by men.

These mini-masterpieces reflect myriad aspects of Japan’s history and culture. Each netsuke is unique and they depict a huge range of subjects from Japanese popular culture including animals, mythical creatures, people, legendary gods and heroes.

Marvel at the breathtaking carving skills and the huge range of stories they tell.

Designed to fit around your lunch hour, our lunchtime talks explore a selection of treasures from our exhibitions and collections. 

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