East Asian Collection
The East Asian collection includes mainly Chinese and Japanese books created in the 19th century. Two Chinese-Manchurian dictionaries are of particular interest. One of them is a manuscript composed of two volumes (MAP 10025), while the other is a xylograph (MAP 10026). Another interesting item is a collection of laws written entirely in the Manchurian language and script (MAP 3706). The remaining copies originating from China are mainly estampages (impressions of inscriptions carved in stone), xylographs and collections of coloured woodcuts.
Japanese art is represented by copybooks of coloured woodcuts, a scroll with watercolours (MAP 10014) or painting instruction (MAP 10876), complete with descriptions. The collection also includes a xylograph presenting lessons of renowned European doctors (MAP 9081).
Manchu manuscript was described by prof. Jerzy Tulisow (Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Warsaw). The majority of Chinese and Japanese collection were researched by Jolanta Sakowska, Barbara Pokorska and Joanna Wasilewska, PhD (The Asia and Pacific Museum). Digitization work was led by Aleksandra Wąsowicz-Peinado, PhD (Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Warsaw) and Ewa Pańsnik-Tułowiecka, PhD (Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Warsaw).