About the Museum
The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka stands in the heart of metropolitan Osaka, peacefully embraced in the rich green and waters of the Nakanoshima Park. Founded in November 1982, the Museum was established by the Osaka City to commemorate the donation of the world-renowned “Ataka Collection” by the twenty-one companies of the Sumitomo Group. In addition to the core “Ataka Collection” that comprises mostly Chinese and Korean ceramics, the Museum collection also includes Japanese ceramics as well as generous donations such as the Korean ceramics of the “Rhee Byung-Chang Collection" and works by Hamada Shoji, boasting as one of the finest collections of East Asian ceramics in the world in terms of both quality and quantity. Among the collection, two works are registered as National Treasures and thirteen works as Important Cultural Properties of Japan. The collection has been enriched by further generous donations associated with East Asian ceramics such as Persian ceramics and Chinese snuff bottles. Our Museum aims at contributing to the enrichment of artistic sensitivity and education by making the best use of our superb collection of oriental ceramics and providing rich aesthetic experiences.