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12 Acknowledgements We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who have been involved in the Doguproject since its inception: in particular Doi Takashi, Harada Masayuki and Rokukawa Shingo at the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Ambassadors Nogami Yoshiji and Ebihara Shin and Ministers Hiramatsu Kenji and Mizutori Mami at the Embassy of Japan in London and Handa Haruhisa and Nishigaito Kensuke at the International Jomon Culture Conference. At the British Museum, the Director, we thank Neil MacGregor, and the Head of Research, J. D. Hill, also the staff of the Department of Asia, the Keeper, Jan Stuart, and in particular the Japanese Section, headed by Tim Clark, with Uchida Hiromi and Rosina Buckland. The exhibition was designed by Jon Ould and Nicholas Newberry, with interpretation by Claire Edwards. This exhibition is part of a broader project about doguand other prehistoric ceramic figures at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures and the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. Many scholars, from both the archaeological and art historical communities, have helped towards the realization of this project and we are grateful for their input. Catalogue entries were translated by Miyamoto Asuka, World Art Fellow. Research and editorial support: Matsuda Akira, Handa Japanese Archaeology Fellow, Andrew Cochrane, DoguResearch Fellow, and Morohashi Kazuko. Line drawings and maps were prepared by Ian Dennis. Elizabeth Ingles and Denny Hemming copy- edited the text and Alfred Haft proofread it. At the British Museum Press, the catalogue was designed by Grita and Crispin Rose- Innes and edited by Caroline Brooke Johnson. In Japan: Abe Chiharu, Akiyama Keiko, Daikuhara Yutaka, Fukasawa Yuriko, Fukushima Isao Furuya Takeshi, Harunari Hideji, Hasebe Kazuhiro, Ibaraki Prefectural Museum of History, Inano Yusuke, Ishibashi Shigeto, Ishikawa Takashi, Itakura Yudai, Kanayama Yoshiaki, Kinoshita Naoyuki, Kishida Yoko, Kiyota Tokiko, Kobayashi Fukashi, Kobayashi Kenji, Kobayashi Masaru, Kobayashi Tatsuo, Kogawa Minoru, Kono Motoaki, Matsunaga Fumio, Miyao Toru, Mizoguchi Koji, Moriya Masafumi, Nagase Fumihito, Nakamura oki, Nishida Yasutami, Ogasawara Masayuki, Ogawa Tadahiro, Okada Yasuhiro, Shonai Akio, Suwa Gen, Takada Kazunori, Taniguchi Yasuhiro, Terasaki Yusuke, Tsuji Nobuo, Ukai Yukio, Yamaguchi Sohachi, Yanagidaira Chiyokazu, Yano Ken'ichi Elsewhere: Anzawa Takao, Douglass Bailey, John Barrett, Ilona Bausch, Dame Elizabeth Esteve- Coll, Chris Foy, Habu Junko, Richard Hodges, Hayashi Makoto, John Mack, Fumiko Ikawa- Smith, Liliana Janik, Bill Macmillan, Matsumura Ai, Okaniwa Ken, Richard Pearson, Mary Redfern, Nicole Coolidge RousmaniereDetail of lamp with human face design ( cat. 40).

11 Sponsor's message Mitsubishi Corporation is proud to support The power of dogu: ceramic figures from ancient Japan, the first ever exhibition of these remarkable and captivating artefacts outside their homeland. As an organization that has been involved in developing global trade for over 50 years, Mitsubishi Corporation's business is based upon strong foundations of international exchange and cultural understanding. Our sponsorĀ­- ship of the British Museum's Japanese Galleries epitomizes our dedication to sharing Japan's culture with a global audience and enhancing appreciation for its rich heritage. Now, we are delighted to be able to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Japan- UK relations, and to build upon our ongoing partnership with the British Museum, by supporting this exhibit. It provides access to some of the most intriguing and beautiful man- made objects to have survived from the ancient world as well as unprecedented insight into the mysteries of prehistoric Japan. Detail of the heart- shaped dogufrom Gohara, Gunma prefecture ( cat. 17).