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Special Exhibition

Masterpieces of Kosan-ji Temple: the complete scrolls of Choju Giga, Frolicking Animals

Scrolls of Choju Giga, Frolicking Animals (detail), Heian Period, 12th century (National Treasure, Lent by Kosan-ji Temple, Kyoto)
this scene on exhibit : April 28 - May 17, 2015

Heiseikan Special Exhibition Galleries :April 28, 2015 (Tue) - June 7, 2015 (Sun)

Known for its depictions of personified “frolicking animals,” Choju Giga, a National Treasure, is Japan’s most famous set of illustrated scrolls. This exhibition provides a rare opportunity to view Choju Giga in its entirety by bringing together all four scrolls and five fragments, some of which are preserved outside of Japan. It will also introduce cultural properties from Kosan-ji Temple in Kyoto, where Choju Giga was passed down through the ages, as well as beliefs and artworks connected with the priest Myo’e (1173–1232), who revived this temple in the Kamakura period (1192–1333).

Upcoming Cleopatra and the Queens of Egypt

Heiseikan Special Exhibition Galleries :July 11, 2015 (Sat) - September 23, 2015 (Wed)

This exhibition takes the queens of ancient Egypt, the most famous of whom is Cleopatra, as its theme. These queens not only supported reigning pharaohs as mothers, wives, and daughters, but also played significant roles in politics and religion. Their magnificence will be conveyed though masterpieces of ancient Egypt from a number of renowned museums around the world.