Features of The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka
Various Lighting Techniques
－Natural Light Display and Lighting Facilities
As ceramics reflect light in all directions, one must be extremely sensitive in lighting them up properly for display. Our natural light display room on the second floor introduces natural light from the skylight, enabling viewers to see the original tone of the piece. We are also equipped with a special type of lamps for artificial lighting which show the wares more effectively. While our Chinese Ceramics Galleries have high ceilings and bright rooms in which people can be immersed into the flamboyant world of Chinese ceramics, the Korean Ceramics Galleries are with darker lighting and have low ceilings so that viewers can have a feeling of appreciating the wares in an intimate atmosphere. The Japanese Ceramics Gallery, on the other hand, has low display cases with the lights toned down at a certain level, rendering the atmosphere of viewing the ware in a tatami-mat-floored guest room.
In order to show the entire surface of the ware, individual glass display cases would be ideal, but we do not have enough space for such a displaying method. Three of our display cases in the Chinese Ceramics Galleries carry turntables that slowly rotate the objects so that viewers can observe them from every angle. The turntable, also equipped with shock absorbent, is the world’s first device with which a significant object can be viewed thoroughly while being protected from shocks.
Save from Earthquake－Shock Absorbent Platforms
The platforms on which the items are placed are our original shock absorbent platforms. Along with the platform, the built-in device absorbs shock and vibration occurred by earthquakes and protects the valuable pieces.
Nakanoshima and the Museum
The Nakanoshima area, in which the Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka is located, has deep connection with ceramics. During the years between the Heian and Kamakura periods, a largest port in the Inland Sea region was established in the East of Dojima River that can be viewed from our entrance hall, close to the Mint, into which valuable ceramics were carried from China and Korea. In the Edo period, mansions of many provincial domains combining a storage building and a business office were established in this area. Mansion of the Nabeshima domain, famous for its “Nabeshima ware”, was located in the site of the present-day Osaka High Court. During the Meiji and Taisho periods, the four great architecture ― (1)the Osaka branch office of the Bank of Japan; (2)the Nakanoshima Library (Important Cultural Property); (3) the Central Public Hall (Important Cultural Property) and (4) the former Osaka City Hall building ― were founded. Interestingly, the Central Public Hall in front of our Museum was built with beautiful red bricks, which are a type of ceramic.