Reports on Research Surveys by Year

July 18-25, 2014

The 8th Survey of the Siebold Collection at the State Museum of Ethnology in Munich

Conducted by National Museum of Japanese History (Hidaka, "Munich Team" )

Location surveyed: State Museum of Ethnology in Munich (Munich, Germany)

Local survey representative: Dr. Bruno Richtsfeld (curator)

Participants: Kaori Hidaka (NMJH), Fukuoka (NMJH), Toru Katsuta (NMJH), Yuki Hirata (NMJH), Kazutoshi Harada (Tokyo University of the Arts), Moritoshi Sasaki(Okayama University)

As originally planned, this 8th survey by experts marks the project's final joint survey here. Metalwork, Buddhist sculpture, swords, tsuba (sword guards), paintings, books, lacquer ware, ceramic ware, and folk tools were all surveyed and photographed, completing our survey and photography of all materials whose locations are known. The survey was thus able to successfully meet the goals of the original plan. Progress on the work to create a database of reports to date has proceeded according to plan, while the project's planned database for the survey is proceeding smoothly toward completion together with the project.

Photographing swords and other fighting gear had previously been postponed due to the difficulty of taking such photos. Fortunately, with the assistance of Prof. Kazutoshi Harada, the team was able to take proper photographs of these items, which is a great achievement. With respect to Buddhist statues, lacquer ware, ceramic ware, paintings and other items, the team not only surveyed newly located materials but also had the opportunity to re-survey some previously surveyed items in order to supplement missing information and refine the survey data. At the same time, concurrent efforts to identify the location of still missing materials continued to be challenging. Though the survey has now ended, there still remain materials whose locations have yet to be determined. A limited number of additional surveys in the future would be appropriate.

(Text: Sakuraba)

Sword survey (Harada)
Sword survey (Harada)
Sword case survey (Harada and Hidaka)
Sword case survey (Harada and Hidaka)
 
Buddhist statue survey (Sasaki)
Buddhist statue survey (Sasaki)