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Updated: May 31, 2019

Sancai, Three-color Glazed Ware — Treasures of the Silk Road 唐三彩 ―シルクロードの至宝

Idemitsu Museum of Arts, 9F Teigeki Building, 3-1-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda City, Tokyo
2019-6-22 - 2019-8-25

Exploring the ceramic style that charmed the world’s collectors

Sancai is a form of lead-glazed pottery from China’s Tang dynasty. Sancai’s charm stems from the three colors of lead glaze from which it takes its name ― green, amber and white (clear) which create vivid decorations. Its increasing popularity led to it coming to represent Chinese ceramics as a whole. Sancai was used for burial goods for royals and nobles, and also became an artistic symbol of east-west cultural relations along the Silk Road. This exhibition features a number of notable works of Sancai which have fascinated the collectors of the world. Explore the beautiful world of sancai through works including ornaments, vessels and urns.

How to Get There

  • Yurakucho Station | Kokusai Forum Exit | 5 min on foot
    JR Yamanote Line
  • Yurakucho Station | B3 Exit | 3 min on foot
    Yurakucho Line
  • Hibiya Station | B3 Exit | 3 min on foot
    Hibiya Line | Chiyoda Line | Toei Mita Line

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Opening Hours

  • 10:00-17:00
    *Open until 19:00 on Fridays
    *Last admission 30 minutes before closing
  • Closed Mondays
    *Open on the following Mondays: July 15 and August 12


Adults ¥1,000

*Discounts available for students and people with disabilities

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Facility Info

  • Restrooms |
  • English |
  • Elevator | Automated external defibrillator (AED) | Wheelchair ramp | Wheelchair loan | Breast feeding room | Floor height difference in facility | Accessible communication formats |

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