The Shōsōin Imperial Treasury: New Directions in Research

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March 16, 2023
Massachusetts, United States
Subject Fields: 
Archaeology, East Asian History / Studies, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Asian History / Studies, Japanese History / Studies

Conference Title: The Shōsōin Imperial Treasury: New Directions in Research 

Date: March 16, 2023, 9:30 am to 5:00 pm 

Location: Lower Level Lecture Hall, Harvard University

                485 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138

Organized by: Department of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University

                Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard University 

This is a hybrid event. For in-person and Zoom attendance, please register through the Google Form

If you have any questions, please email them to We look forward to your participation. 


Conference Program: 

9:30-10:15 "The Shōsōin Treasury: New Directions in Research," Yukio Lippit (Harvard University)

10:15-11:15  Shōsōin Treasures: Three Case Studies

        “The Shōsōin Go Gameboard,” Joy Wu (Harvard University) 

        “The Shōsōin Silver Incense Burner,” April Peng (Harvard University)

        “The Shōsōin Twelve-Lobed Oblong Green Glass Cup,” Sophie Lei (Harvard University)

11:30-12:30 “The Shōsōin and the Man’yōshū” (Panel Discussion)

        Yukio Lippit (Harvard University)

        David Lurie (Columbia University)

        Melissa McCormick (Harvard University)

        Danica Truscott (Harvard University)

2:00-3:00 “The Shōsōin and the Tōdaiji Great Buddha” (Panel Discussion)

        Ryuichi Abé (Harvard University)

        Cynthea Bogel (Kyushu University)

        Bryan Lowe (Princeton University)

        Akiko Walley (University of Oregon)

3:00-3:45 “The Shōsōin Annual Exhibition and its History” (Public Interview)

        Featuring: Natsuki Kitazawa (Nara National Museum)

        Rachel Saunders (Harvard Art Museums)

        Yukio Lippit (Harvard University)

4:00-5:00 “The Shōsōin and the Silk Road” (Panel Discussion)

        Jun Hu (UC Berkeley)

        Deborah Klimburg-Salter (University of Vienna)

        Eugene Wang (Harvard University)