UCB Libraries

 

Past Exhibit:

Heading East, Writing West

 

Four Centuries of Traders, Travelers, and Artists in East Asia:
East Asian Highlights in Special Collections at the University Libraries

 

 

 

exhibit poster

 

Special Collections Dept., University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries,
Norlin Library Room N345


On Exhibit through March 16th, 2012
Thursdays and Fridays 1 to 5 pm and by appointment

 


Free and open to the public. For more information call 303-492-6144.

 

Missed the exhibit? This fifteen-minute video provides an overview.

 


Heading East, Writing West presents works drawn from four hundred years of exchange between the West and East Asia.  Early modern highlights include Arnoldus Montanus’ Atlas Japannensis (1669; 1670), with information and images gained from voyages to Japan by the Dutch East India Company.  Also featured are Engelbert Kaempfer’s The history of Japan … (1728); Jean-Baptiste Du Halde’s A description of the Empire of China and Chinese-Tartary, together with the Kingdoms of Korea and Tibet (1738-41); and John Nievhoff’s An Embassy from the East-Indian Company of the United Provinces, to the Grand Tartar Cham Emperor of China, translated by John Ogilby (1673).  Heading East, Writing West also features nineteenth- and early twentieth-century art:  Hiroshige’s untitled “grand fishes,” first published in 1832; Utamaro’s Portrait of a Courtesan; Kasamatsu Shiro’s Pagoda in the Evening Rain; and a series of photographs by French photographer Germaine Kellerman revealing the daily lives of the people of Japan on the eve of World War II.  A complete exhibit bibliography is available here.


Heading East, Writing West was made possible with the generous support of the Center for Asian Studies, University of Colorado at Boulder.

 

 

The exhibit poster features engravings from Arnoldus Montanus,Gedenkwaerdige gesantschappen der Oost-Indische maatschappy in ‘t Vereenigde Nederland, aan de kaisaren van Japan … (Amsterdam: Jacob Meurs, 1669) and Engelbert Kaempfer’s The history of Japan: giving an account of the antient and present state and government of that empire; (London: Printed for the publisher, and sold by T. Woodward, & C. Davis, 1728). Poster design by Kate McDowell.

 

 

 

Duhalde Silk Weavers image

 

“Silk Manufacture.”  Jean-Baptiste Du Halde.  A description of the empire of China and Chinese-Tartary, together with the kingdoms of Korea and Tibet: containing the geography and history (natural as well as civil) of those countries ... from the French of P.J.B. DuHalde, Jesuit, with notes geographical, historical and critical and other improvements, particularly in the maps by the translator (London, E. Cave, 1738-41), p. 363. 

 

 

Duhalde Wedding Procession image

 

 

 “The Procession of a Chinese Wedding when the Bride is Brought Home to her Husband.”  Jean-Baptiste Du Halde, A description of the empire of China and Chinese-Tartary, together with the kingdoms of Korea and Tibet: containing the geography and history (natural as well as civil) of those countries ... from the French of P.J.B. Du Halde, Jesuit, with notes geographical, historical and critical and other improvements, particularly in the maps by the translator.  Vol. I (London, E. Cave, 1738-41), p. 304. 

 

 

Hiroshige fish and two lobsters image

 

 

 

 

Hiroshige two fish and tiger lily

 

 

 

Hiroshige Andō, Untitled “Fishes.” [n.p.; n.d.]. 

 

 

 

 

Kaempfer fish detail

 

 

“Koi.”  Engelbert Kaempfer, The history of Japan: giving an account of the antient and present state and government of that empire; … (London: Printed for the publisher, and sold by T. Woodward, & C. Davis, 1728), Tab. XI, fig. 4. 

 

 

 

Montanus Massacre of the Emperor

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Montanus Throne Room

 

 

“Massacre de l’Emperour” and “Trone de l’Empereur” in Arnoldus Montanus, Gedenkwaerdige gesantschappen der Oost-Indische maatschappy in ‘t Vereenigde Nederland, aan de kaisaren van Japan … (Amsterdam:  J. Meurs, 1669), [n.p.]. 

 

 

 

Curation and captions for this display were provided by Kevin McDowell, Greg Robl, and Susan Guinn-Chipman with generous support from the Center for Asian Studies, University of Colorado at Boulder.

 

Special thanks also go to John Culshaw, Elizabeth Newsom, Kate McDowell, Holley Long, Deborah Fink, Andrew Violet, Hladini Mensah-Dzomley, Joel Stewart, Lauren Ottaviano, Jesus Solis, Amanda Brown, and Deborah Hollis, for their many contributions to the production of this exhibit, and to the Libraries IT Department and Greg Robl for the exhibit video.