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9 Nov 2012 – 27 Jan 2013

Exhibitions: Threads of Silk and Gold: Supporters


The Ashmolean is grateful to the Kiyomizu Sannenzaka Museum, Kyoto, for allowing the collection to be shown in full at the Ashmolean Museum first.

The Exhibition has been supported by:

Savills Plc. is a global real estate services provider listed on the London Stock Exchange. Savills has an international network of more than 500 offices and associates across 45 countries throughout the Americas, the UK, Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa and the Middle East, offering a broad range of specialist advisory, management and transactional services to clients all over the world.

Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and expertise. Founded in 1766 by James Christie, the company has conducted the greatest auctions of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, and today remains a popular showcase for the unique and the beautiful. The world’s leading art business, Christie’s offers over 450 sales annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewelry, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $80 million. Christie’s has 53 offices in 32 countries and 10 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai and Hong Kong.

The Japan Foundation
The Japan Foundation is Japan’s public institution dedicated to sharing Japanese culture and language with people throughout the world. By presenting diverse aspects of Japanese culture, the Japan Foundation creates platforms of communication and understanding between the peoples of the world and Japan. Visit: (Head Office); (London Office).

The Story Fund
The Jeffery Story Fund for Japanese Art was established under the terms of the bequest of the late Jeffery Story to purchase Japanese art objects for the Ashmolean Museum and to provide grants to the staff and students of the Museum to assist the study of Japanese art.

The associated programme of events has been supported by:

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation
The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation is a UK charity, established in 1988 with a generous benefaction from Daiwa Securities Co Ltd. The Foundation’s purpose is to support closer links between Britain and Japan. It does this by making grants to promote links between the UK and Japan across all fields of activity; enabling British and Japanese students and academics to further their education through exchanges and other bilateral initiatives; awarding Daiwa Scholarships for British graduates to study and undertake work placements in Japan; and organising a year-round programme of events to increase understanding of Japan in the UK. Daiwa Foundation Japan House, the London-based headquarters, acts as a centre for UK-Japan relations in Britain by offering a wide programme of lectures, seminars, book launches, courses and exhibitions as well as meeting rooms for Japan-related activities and facilities for visiting academics. The Foundation is represented in Japan by its Tokyo Office, which provides local assistance to Daiwa Scholars and administers grant applications from Japan. It also handles general enquiries and forms part of the network of organisations supporting links between the UK and Japan. Visit

The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation
The Foundation's aim is to develop good relations between the United Kingdom and Japan by advancing the education of the people of both nations in each other's culture, society and achievements. It seeks to promote mutual understanding and cooperation through financial support for activities in a variety of fields, including arts and culture, humanities and social issues, and youth and education. The Foundation was established as a result of a visit to London in 1983 by the late Ryoichi Sasakawa during which he met a number of senior British figures to discuss the international situation and, in particular, UK-Japanese relations. It was agreed at these discussions that it would be in the interest of both countries if more could be done to enhance mutual appreciation and understanding of each other’s culture, society and achievements and that a non-governmental, non-profit making body should be established for this purpose. A donation of almost £10 million was subsequently made by The Sasakawa Foundation (now called The Nippon Foundation), founded in 1962, and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation was inaugurated in May 1985, in parallel with similar initiatives in Scandinavia, France and the United States. Visit

The Japan Society
The Japan Society is the leading independent body in the United Kingdom dedicated to the enhancement of the British-Japanese relationship. With a history stretching back to 1891, its members are committed to promoting deep and lasting understanding between our two countries.

The Embroiderers’ Guild
Founded in 1906, the Embroiderers’ Guild now has over 25,000 members and subscribers throughout the UK and abroad, 238 branches and 95 Young Embroiderers Groups. As the UK’s leading crafts association and educational charity, the Guild offers a comprehensive programme of contemporary exhibitions, workshops, City & Guilds courses, lectures and tours (UK & overseas) and much more. Visit