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Ofuda database

by Lemardelé Élise - published on

Principal Investigator : Matthias Hayek

Discipline religion

Participants :

Full Members

Josef Kyburz (CNRS, retired), Matthias Hayek (UPD)


In keeping with the programme’s line of enquiry since its inception in 2001, the next five-year plan should see the entire reformatting and overall improvement of the database that was created in the early 2000s and that brings together more than 1000 illustrated amulets collected in Japan by Bernard Frank. In parallel to these technical developments, the project members will continue to develop research and database networks for Japanese amulets and talismans held in other European collections (including the Quai Branly Museum, the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford University, the British Museum and the ethnography museums of Geneva and Zurich University). This will naturally be carried out in conjunction with the Japanese collections and databases that, based the European model, are being created in some university research centres and in ethnography and graphic arts museums.