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The word ‘manga’ (漫画) has been used in various ways over the last two centuries.
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The word ‘manga’ (漫画) has been used in various ways over the last two centuries. Artist Katsushika Hokusai – famous for his ‘Great Wave’ print – first published his ‘Hokusai manga’ in 1814. These books are collections of assorted sketches, not narratives that tell a specific story, so while Hokusai brought the word manga to popular attention, he also thought about it differently than we do today. The sketches in the series shown here wouldn’t be considered manga in the modern sense. Discover more about the history of manga – link in bio! Supported by @Citi Logistics partner @IAGCargo#MangaExhibition#BritishMuseum#museums#manga#anime#cosplay#MangaArt#Japan#JapaneseArt#comics#Japanese#Hokusai
07.12.2018 11:42:46
We’re excited to announce our next major show, opening in 2019! 
Manga is a form
We’re excited to announce our next major show, opening in 2019! Manga is a form of graphic narrative art that tells stories in real or imagined worlds. Originating in Japan, it’s now a global phenomenon that spans comics and cosplay to graphic novels and gaming. The Museum has a growing collection of manga and continues to collect contemporary works – some of which will be on display in our newly announced #MangaExhibition! Enter a vivid world where art and storytelling collide in the largest exhibition of manga ever to take place outside of Japan. Want to know more? Visit the link in our bio. The Citi exhibition ‘Manga マンガ’ opens 23 May 2019. Supported by @citi Logistics partner @iagcargo 1) Hoshino Yukinobu (b. 1954), Professor Munakata’s British Museum Adventure. 2011. © YUKINOBU HOSHINO/SHOGAKUKAN.INC. 2) Nakamura Hikaru (b. 1984), Saint Young Men (Saint Oniisan). 2016. © Hikaru Nakamura / Kodansha Ltd. 3) Takahashi Yôichi (b. 1960), Captain Tsubasa. 1981–88. ©Yoichi Takahashi/SHUEISHA. 4) Hagio Moto (b. 1949), Poe Clan, on the cover of flowers magazine. July 2018. © SHOGAKUKAN.INC. #MangaExhibition#BritishMuseum#museums#manga#anime#cosplay#MangaArt#Japan#JapaneseArt#comics#Japanese#CaptainTsubasa#SaintOniisan
05.12.2018 09:28:02
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The roof of the Great Court casts some amazing shadows onto the space below – ca
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The roof of the Great Court casts some amazing shadows onto the space below – captured in this impressive shot by @yl_xviii. Have you taken any photos in the Museum? Share them with us by tagging the location and we’ll regram our favourites!📍🏛📸 #regram#repost#BritishMuseum#London#GreatCourt#photo#UK#photography#📸
02.12.2018 10:03:46
There are 3,312 panes of glass in the ceiling of the Great Court and no two are
There are 3,312 panes of glass in the ceiling of the Great Court and no two are exactly the same! This super photo was taken by @himakiran – share your pictures with us by tagging the location. We love seeing them! 📍🏛📸 #regram#repost#BritishMuseum#London#GreatCourt#photo#UK#photography#🏛#🇬🇧
01.12.2018 09:45:27
Here’s a brilliant photo of the Great Court by @aga.gorniak. You can see the mag
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Here’s a brilliant photo of the Great Court by @aga.gorniak. You can see the magnificent space lit up this evening – we’re open until 20.30! Share your photos with us by tagging the location📍🏛📸 #regram#repost#BritishMuseum#London#GreatCourt#photo#UK#photography
30.11.2018 12:47:59
There are 1,000 individually moulded leaves attached to this stunning porcelain
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There are 1,000 individually moulded leaves attached to this stunning porcelain bowl made by @hitomihosono. It took six months to create, and the brilliant detail continues inside the vessel, making the leaves look as if they’re swaying in a breeze. Although completed in 2013, the style is reminiscent of the elaborate pottery produced in the middle Jomon period in Japan over 3,500 years ago. Swipe to take a closer look at this stunning object. See it for yourself on display in our newly refurbished Mitsubishi Corporation Japanese Galleries. #porcelain#Japan#HitomiHosono#ceramics#JapaneseArt#BritishMuseum#museum#gallery
22.11.2018 12:00:13
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With its vibrant contrasting colours and delicate shading, this beautiful porcel
With its vibrant contrasting colours and delicate shading, this beautiful porcelain dish appears to glow. It was made in 1993 by Japanese artist Tokuda Yasokichi III using a traditional glazing technique known as ‘saiyu’. This technique is associated with Kutani ware – a style of porcelain decorated with vividly coloured designs that originated in the late 17th century in central Japan. The artist was named as a ‘National Living Treasure’ in recognition for his mastery of this traditional craft. See this magical object for yourself in our newly refurbished Mitsubishi Corporation Japanese Galleries. #Japan#Japanese#JapaneseArt#porcelain#gallery#museum#BritishMuseum
15.11.2018 14:20:31
At the age of 13, Onishi Isao left home to study the art of ‘urushi’ – a traditi
At the age of 13, Onishi Isao left home to study the art of ‘urushi’ – a traditional Japanese technique for making beautiful lacquered objects. Learning from a master of lacquer for 10 years, he became totally absorbed by the craftsmanship of this artistic tradition. The artist creates exquisite trays, bowls and plates by bending strips of aged wood into rings and fitting them tightly together. A special lacquer is then applied to the wooden structure, and is decorated with fine colourful designs. Each one can take a whole year to make! Watch the full process in our mini documentary – link in bio!🎥 Onishi Isao (b. 1944), round tray in hoop-built technique. Lacquer on wood, 2005. This film series has been produced with the support of JTI. #OnishiIsao#urushi#lacquer#craftsmanship#Japan#art#Japanese#woodwork#woodworking#BritishMuseum#JapaneseArt
13.11.2018 17:32:53
While he wasn’t crushing enemies and hunting lions, King #Ashurbanipal enjoyed s
While he wasn’t crushing enemies and hunting lions, King #Ashurbanipal enjoyed scholarly pursuits. He could read and write, which was unusual for an Assyrian king, and he developed the first systematically collected and catalogued library in the world. The ‘Library of Ashurbanipal’ is a collection of over 30,000 clay tablets and fragments inscribed with cuneiform – a type of writing used in ancient Mesopotamia. The Library contains texts about a broad range of subjects including magic, myths and legends, medicine and military intelligence. Objects from the Library are on display in our major exhibition charting the extraordinary life of King Ashurbanipal. Find out more and book tickets via the link in our bio. Supported by BP Logistics partner IAG Cargo #BritishMuseum#Assyria#king#AssyrianEmpire#relief#art#AncientHistory#library#cuneiform#exhibition#London
12.11.2018 07:10:38
Assyrian kings built on a lavish scale. By the early 7th century BC, the city of
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Assyrian kings built on a lavish scale. By the early 7th century BC, the city of Nineveh (now in northern Iraq) was a vast metropolis. Its palaces and temples were adorned with colossal sculptures and brilliantly coloured reliefs. Visitors entered palaces through gateways flanked by massive human-headed winged bulls (known as lamassu) that protected the king from dangerous supernatural forces. Surrounding the palaces were spectacular gardens filled with all sorts of plants and animals, irrigated by an intricate system of canals. Discover ancient Assyria and its greatest ruler, King #Ashurbanipal, in our latest exhibition. The BP exhibition I am Ashurbanipal: king of the world, king of Assyria is now open – book tickets via the link in our bio. Supported by BP Logistics partner IAG Cargo #BritishMuseum#Assyria#king#AssyrianEmpire#palace#gardens#art#AncientHistory#exhibition#London
10.11.2018 08:43:09
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Warrior. Scholar. Empire builder. King slayer. Lion hunter. Librarian.

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Warrior. Scholar. Empire builder. King slayer. Lion hunter. Librarian. Come face to face with #Ashurbanipal, one of history’s greatest forgotten kings in our new exhibition. Explore the splendour of the ancient Assyrian empire and marvel at the workings of Ashurbanipal’s great library, the first in the world to be created with the ambition of housing all knowledge under one roof, through an unparalleled collection of objects in our major autumn show. Discover the world of Ashurbanipal and see amazing ancient artworks in our autumn exhibition – book tickets via the link in our bio. Supported by BP Logistics partner IAG Cargo #BritishMuseum#Assyria#king#AssyrianEmpire#relief#carving#art#AncientHistory#lion#exhibition#London
08.11.2018 07:23:51
🧛‍♂️🧛‍♀️ Vampires fascinated artist Edvard Munch in the late 19th century, and h
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🧛‍♂️🧛‍♀️ Vampires fascinated artist Edvard Munch in the late 19th century, and he made several dark and sexually charged prints on the theme. This example was known as ‘Love and Pain’ by the artist, and was first described as a vampiric embrace by Munch’s friend, the critic Stanislaw Przybyszewski. The vampire in this print originally had shocking blood-red hair! Our curators have selected their top ‘prints of darkness’ in a new #Halloween blog post – link in bio. #vampires#vampire#BritishMuseum#Halloween2018#HappyHalloween
01.11.2018 09:04:26
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