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The Heiseikan, built to commemorate the crown prince's wedding in 1993, serves primarily as the space for special exhibitions. For this purpose there are four special exhibition galleries on the second floor, as well as the Japanese Archaeological Gallery.

Floor Map


1st floor: Japanese Archaeology (Warrior in Keiko Armor Haniwa)

  
National Treasure: Haniwa (Terracotta tomb figurine) Warrior in keiko armor
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  July 12, 2016 (Tue) - December 23, 2016 (Fri)

Including:
Warrior in Keiko Armor, Haniwa (Terracotta Tomb Figurine), From Iizuka-cho, Ota-shi, Gunma, Kofun period, 6th century (National Treasure)

1st floor: Japanese Archaeology (Chronological Exhibition)

  
The Beginning of Tool Making in the Paleolithic Era
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 7, 2016 (Tue) - December 4, 2016 (Sun)

Including:
Polished Stone Axes, From Kannoki Site, Shinano-machi, Nagano, Paleolithic period, 35000 BC (Lent by Nagano Prefectural Museum of History, Nagano)
Trapezes,
From Kannoki Site, Shinano-machi, Nagano, Paleolithic period, 35000 BC (Lent by Nagano Prefectural Museum of History, Nagano)
Backed Blades,
From Kannoki Site, Shinano-machi, Nagano, Paleolithic period, 35000 BC (Lent by Nagano Prefectural Museum of History, Nagano)
Microblades,
From Araya Site, Araya, Nishikawaguchi, Nagaoka-shi, Niigata, Paleolithic period, 16000 BC (Gift of Mr. Hoshino Ryo)

  
Permanent Settlements and the Creation of Pottery
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 7, 2016 (Tue) - December 4, 2016 (Sun)

 Including:
Deep Jar with Spout, From Kamifukuoka Shell Mound, Fukuoka, Fujimino-shi, Saitama, Jomon period, 4000-3000 BC (Important Cultural Property, Private collection)
Vessel with Spout,
Excavated from Soya shell mound, Ichikawa-shi, Chiba, Jomon period, 2000-1000 BC (Gift of Mr. Nakazawa Sumio)
Vessel Resembling Incense Burner,
Excavated from Rokugo Ishinadate, Misato-cho, Akita, Jomon period, 1000-400 BC

  
Interaction with the Asian Continent and the Pottery of an Agricultural Society
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 7, 2016 (Tue) - December 4, 2016 (Sun)

Including:
Dotaku (Bell-shaped Bronze), Yayoi period, 1st - 3rd century
Jar,
Excavated from Nijofukae, Itoshima-shi, Fukuoka, Yayoi period, 4th-3rd century BC
Stem Cup,
From Higashioda-Nanaita Site, Chikuzen-machi, Fukuoka, Yayoi period, 2nd-1st century BC (Lent by Chikuzen-machi Education Commission)
Buiral Jar,
From Saga, Yayoi period, 2nd-1st century BC
Long-necked Jar,
From Asagiri-cho, Kuma-gun, Kumamoto, Yayoi period, 1st-3rd century (Important Cultural Property, Private collection)

  
Political Maturation and the Creation of Symbols of Authority
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 14, 2016 (Tue) - December 18, 2016 (Sun)

Including:
Jar, Haji Earthenware, From Shonai Site Toyonaka-shi, Osaka, Kofun period, 3rd century (Gift of Mr. Hashimoto Sotaro)
Mirror with Semi-triangular Rim, Design of Two Divinities and Two Animals,
From Samidatakarazuka Tumulus, Kawai-cho, Nara, Kofun period, 4th-5th century (Important Cultural Property)
Mirror with Triangular Rim, Design of Buddihist Characters and Animals,
From Shin'yama Tumulus, Koryo-cho, Nara, Kofun period, 4th century (Lent by The Imperial Household Agency)
Mirror, Triangular rim with divinity, beast, chariot, and horse design,
Excavated from Oiwayama Tumulus, Koshinohara, Yasu-shi, Shiga, Kofun period, 4th-5th century (Gift of Mr. Sawa Tomonoshin and Mr. Kobayashi Kuichi)
Mirror with Triangular Rim, Dragon and tiger design,
Excavated from Izumikoganeduka Tumulus, Izumi-shi, Osaka, Han-Western Jin dynasty, 2nd-3rd century (Japan: Kofun period, 4th-5th century) (Important Cultural Property)

  
The Yamato Kingdom and the Production of Symbols of Authority
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 14, 2016 (Tue) - December 18, 2016 (Sun)

Including:
MirrorAlternated geometric pattern with beast design, Excavated from Samita takarazuka Tumulus, Kawai-cho, Nara, Kofun period, 4th - 5th century (Important Cultural Property)
Footed Cup,
Excavated from Oyagatani Tumulus, Tarui-cho, Gifu, Kofun period, 4th-5th century
Mirror, Mythical beast design,
Excavated from Yanai Chausuyama Tumulus, Oaza Yanai Mizuguchi, Yanai-shi, Yamaguchi, Kofun period, 4th century
Shell Bracelet,
From Shorinzan Tumulus, Shingai, Iwata-shi, Shizuoka, Kofun period, 4th century
Bronze Model of Shell-shaped Stone Bracelet,
From Tanomura-Maruyama Tumulus, Tsuyama-shi, Okayama, Kofun period, 4th-5th century (Gift of Mr. Takahashi Asakichi)
Iron Sword with Gold Inlay Inscription,
From Todaijiyama Tumulus, Ichinomoto-cho, Tenri-shi, Nara, Kofun period, 4th century (Important Cultural Property)
MirrorHunting scene design,
Reportedly excavated from Yawatabara-machi, Takasaki-shi, Gunma, Kofun period, 4th-5th century (Important Cultural Property)

  
Large Burial Mounds and the Increase in Metal Production
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 14, 2016 (Tue) - December 18, 2016 (Sun)

Including:
Mirror, Patterned band with concentric divinity and beast design, Excavated from Kawaji, Iida-shi, Nagano, Kofun period, 5th-6th century (Gift of Mr. Tokugawa Yorisada)
Beaked Helmet,
From Kutsukawakurumazuka Tomb, Hirakawa, Joyo-shi, Kyoto, Kofun period, 5th
Visored Helmet,
From Otsukayama Tumulus, Gion, Kisarazu-shi, Chiba, Kofun period, 5th century
Iron Shield,
Preserved at Isonokami-Jingu, Tenri-shi, Nara, Kofun period, 5th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Isonokami Jingu, Nara)
Short Cuirass, Vertical iron bands joined with leather,
Excavated from Omaruyama Kofun, Koaza Higashiyama, Shimomukoyama-cho, Kofu-shi, Yamanashi, Kofun period, 4th century
Horn-shaped Vessel,
Excavated from Shishizuka Tumulus, Mihama-cho, Fukui, Kofun period, 6th century
Jar with Handle,
Excavated from Daidoji Tumulus, Musota, Wakayama-shi, Wakayama, Kofun period, 5th century

  
The Rise of Provincial Clans and the Development of a Unique Culture
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 14, 2016 (Tue) - December 18, 2016 (Sun)

Including:
Mirror with Seven Bells, From Mikurado-furuike, Nishimikurado-cho, Yamatotakada-shi,Nara
Mirror, With six bells,
Excavated at Ueno Tumulus, Chikusei-shi, Ibaraki
Gilt Bronze Horse Bit,
Excavated from Kenzaki Otsuka, Takasaki-shi, Gunma, Kofun period, 6th century (Gift of Provisional Water Supply Department, Takasaki City)
Horse bit,
From Mikoyahara tumulus, Shimada-shi, Shizuoka, Kofun period, 6th century
Bronze bell for horse harness,
From Sukumozuka tumulus, Nagato-shi, Yamaguchi, Kofun period, 6th century (Gift of Mr. Higashi Nagamaru)
Gilt Bronze Ring Shaped Pommel with Phoenix Design,
From Kamoinariyama tumulus, Takashima-shi, Shiga, Kofun period, 6th century
Bowl with Cover, Sue Earthenware,
From Takazaru No.1 Tumulus, Iga-shi, Mie, Kofun period, 6th century (Gift of Mr. Isoda Jinshichi and others)

  
Late Burial Mounds and Influence from the Asian Continent
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 14, 2016 (Tue) - December 18, 2016 (Sun)

Including:
Mirror, Animal and Grape design, From Nishi Kuruno-cho, Gojyo-shi, Nara, Kofun period, 7th century
Glass Kudatama Beads,
From Tsukamari tumulus, Hiraishi, Kanan-cho, Osaka, Kofun (Asuka) period, 7th century (Gift of Investigation Committee of Hiraishi-Tsukamari, Osaka)
Coiled Gold Thread, From Tsukamari tumulus, Hiraishi, Kanan-cho, Osaka, Kofun (Asuka) period, 7th century (Gift of Investigation Committee of Hiraishi-Tsukamari, Osaka)
Gold Ribbon (Originally Coiled Around Thread),
From Tsukamari tumulus, Hiraishi, Kanan-cho, Osaka, Kofun (Asuka) period, 7th century (Gift of Investigation Committee of Hiraishi-Tsukamari, Osaka)
Iron Sword with Gold Inlay,
From Tsukamari tumulus, Hiraishi, Kanan-cho, Osaka, Kofun (Asuka) period, 7th century (Gift of Investigation Committee of Hiraishi-Tsukamari, Osaka)
Fragments of Laquered Cloth Coffin,
From Tsukamari tumulus, Hiraishi, Kanan-cho, Osaka, Kofun (Asuka) period, 7th century (Gift of Investigation Committee of Hiraishi-Tsukamari, Osaka)
Fragments of Green Glazed Earthen Coffin,
From Tsukamari tumulus, Hiraishi, Kanan-cho, Osaka, Kofun (Asuka) period, 7th century (Gift of Investigation Committee of Hiraishi-Tsukamari, Osaka)

  
The Beginnings of a State under the Ritsuryo System
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 7, 2016 (Tue) - December 4, 2016 (Sun)

Including:
Grass Cinerary Urn, Excavated at Miyaji, Fukutsu-shi, Fukuoka, Nara period, 8th century (National Treasure, Lent by Miyajidake-jinja, Fukuoka)
Round Eave Tile, Design of Lotus flower,
From the ruins of Asuka-dera, Asuka-mura, Nara, Asuka period, 6~7th century
Three-color Glazed Multi-beaked Jar,
From Yakusi-ji, Nara-shi, Nara, Nara period, 8th century (Lent by Yakusi-ji, Nara)
Five-storied Stupa of Fired Clay,
From Tamako-machi, Higashimurayama-shi, Tokyo, Nara period, 8th century
Shibi (kite-shaped ridge-end ornament),
From the ruins of temple at Tosaka"Takaida”, Kashiwara-shi, Osaka, Asuka ~ Nara period, 7th - 8th century

  
Mountain Worship and the Belief in the Decline of Buddhism
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 7, 2016 (Tue) - December 4, 2016 (Sun)

Including:
Plaque with Image of Zao Gongen, Excavated at Kinpusen, Tenkawa-mura, Yoshino-gun, Nara, Heian period, 10th-12th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Ominesanji, Nara)
Bronze Image of Zao Gongen,
From Tomb at Mount Omine Peak, Tenkawa-mura, Nara, Heian period, 10th - 12th century (Important Art Object)
Finial of Priest’s Staff, Bronze,
From Mount Nantaisan Peak Tomb, Tyugusi, Nikko-shi, Tochigi, Heian-Kamakura period, 10th-13th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Futarasan-jinja, Tochigi)
Bell with Handle, Bronze,
From Mount Nantaisan Peak Tomb, Tyugusi, Nikko-shi, Tochigi, Heian-Kamakura period, 10th-13th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Futarasan-jinja, Tochigi)
Iron Spearheads,
From Mount Nantaisan Peak Tomb, Tyugusi, Nikko-shi, Tochigi, Heian-Kamakura period, 10th-13th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Futarasan-jinja, Tochigi)

  
Life and Death in the Kamakura Period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 7, 2016 (Tue) - December 4, 2016 (Sun)

Including:
Itabi with Sanskrit Characters Symbolizing Amitabha Triad, Muromachi period, dated 1457

  
Objects Excavated from Edo
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 7, 2016 (Tue) - December 4, 2016 (Sun)

Including:
Roof Tile, Edo period, 17th - 19th century
Round Eave Tile with Gold Leaf, with plum brossom crest,
From Yuraku-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Edo period, 17th century
Cakra Wheel, F
rom site of Honmaru Palace, Edo Castle, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Edo period, 17th century
Gold coin (Keicho oban),
Azuchi-Momoyama~Edo period, 16th - 17th century (Gift of Mr. Okawa Isao)
Salt Roasting Jar, Excavated at Tokyo National Museum premises, Edo period, 17th–18th century

1st floor: Japanese Archaeology (Thematic Exhibitions)

  
Daily Tools of the Jomon Period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 7, 2016 (Tue) - December 4, 2016 (Sun)

Including:
Toggle Harpoon Head, From Nakazawahama Shell Mound, Hirota-cho, Rikuzen-takata-shi, Iwate, Jomon period, 1000-400 BC (Gift of Mr. Tokugawa Yorisada)
Fish Hook,
From Hibiki Shell Mound, Kawakudari, Higashi Matsushima-shi, Miyagi, Jomon period, 2000-400 BC
Saw Shaped Stone Objects,
From Tomie-machi, Goto-shi, Nagasaki, Jomon period, 2000-1000 BC (Gift of Mr. Konishi Hajime)

  
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  July 20, 2016 (Wed) - October 30, 2016 (Sun)

Kaibozuka Tumulus is located in Ibaraki, Osaka Prefecture, and is an example of a kofun burial mound from the late Kofun period (6th century). In 1909 and 1935, many mortuary objects were excavated from its stone burial chamber as well as the mound itself.
This exhibition presents an overview of the Kaibozuka artifacts, which have been recognized since early times as examples defining late Kofun culture, and have contributed to determining dates in the Kofun period. Moreover, through comparison with important artifacts from other time periods, this exhibition looks into the development of and the background surrounding swords with ring pommels, equestrian objects, and Sue ware.

  
Accessories and Objects for Prayer from the Jomon Period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 7, 2016 (Tue) - December 4, 2016 (Sun)

 Including:
Pendant, From Kamegaoka, Kizukuri, Tsugaru-shi, Aomori, Jomon period, 1000-400 BC

  
Dogu: Objects for Prayer from the Jomon Period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 7, 2016 (Tue) - December 4, 2016 (Sun)

Including:
Dogu (Clay figurine), With heart-shaped face, From Gobara, Higashi Agatsuma-machi, Gunma, Jomon period, 2000-1000 BC (Important Cultural Property, Private collection)
Dogu (Clay Figure), with Owl-Shaped Face,
From Shinpukuji Shell Mound, Iwatsuki-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama, Jomon period, 2000-1000 BC (Important Cultural Property)
Clay Mask,
From Kamegaoka, Kizukuri, Tsugaru-shi, Aomori, Jomon period, 1000-400 BC (Important Cultural Property)
Doban, Clay Tablet,
From Fukuda Shell Mound, Fukuda, Inashiki-shi, Ibaraki, Jomon period, 1000-400 BC (Important Cultural Property, Gift of Mr. Inoue Tsuneichi and Fumiko)
Gangu (Stone Figurine),
From Komukai, Nanbu-machi, Aomori, Jomon period, 1000-400 BC

  
Daily Tools of the Yayoi Period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 7, 2016 (Tue) - December 4, 2016 (Sun)

Including:
Wooden Clog Used in Rice Field, From Sena Site, Aoi-ku, Shizuoka-shi, Shizuoka, Yayoi period, 2nd century BC-3rd century AD (Lent by Shizuoka Prefectural Education Commission)
Bronze Spade Shoe,
From Taguma, Sawara-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka, Yayoi period, 1st-3rd century (Gift of Mr. Nakahara Tasaburo)
Stone Rice Reaper,
From Okamoto, Kasuga-shi, Fukuoka, Yayoi period, 2nd-1st century BC (Gift of Mr. Inoue Masaki and others)
Octopus Trap Jar,
From Yotsuike site, Nishi-ku and Sakai-ku, Sakai-shi, Osaka, Yayoi period, 2nd century BC-3rd century AD (Gift of Mr. Maeda Chozaburo)

  
Accessories and Ritual Implements from the Yayoi Period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 7, 2016 (Tue) - December 4, 2016 (Sun)

 Including:
Polished Stone Halberd, Excavated from the riverbed of Kabura river, Tomioka, Tomioka-shi, Gunma, Mid-Yayoi period, 2nd-1st century BC (Gift of Mr. Wada Senkichi and Ms. Ueda Yaeko)
Oracle Bone,
From Bishamon C Cave, Minami shitaura-machi, Miura-shi, Kanagawa, Yayoi period, 1st - 3rd century

  
Bronze Ritual Implements of the Yayoi Period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 7, 2016 (Tue) - December 4, 2016 (Sun)

Including:
Dotaku (Bell-Shaped Bronze), Design of Crossed Bands, Reportedly from Kagawa, Yayoi period, 2nd-1st century BC (National Treasure)
Bronze Sword with "Insect Antenna" Pommel,
From Kashiwazaki, Kawagashira, Karatsu-shi, Saga, Yayoi period, 2nd-1st century BC
Bronze Sword Blade,
From Ihara Akasaki, Itoshima-shi, Fukuoka, Yayoi period, 4th-3rd century BC
Stone Mold of Bronze Halberd,
From Kami-Izumi, Saga-shi, Saga, Yayoi period, 2nd - 1st century BC (Important Cultural Property)

  
The Post-Jomon Culture in Hokkaido
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 7, 2016 (Tue) - December 4, 2016 (Sun)

Including:
Deep Jar, From Syukudu-cho, Muroran-shi, Hokkaido,Epi-Jomon period, 2nd-1st century BC (Gift of Mr. Watanabe Matazo)
Fish-shaped Stone Fishing Gear, Provenance Unknown, Epi-Jomon period, 2nd–1st century BC (Gift of Mr. Tokugawa Yorisada)

  
Ancient Chinese Mirrors from Japanese Kofun Burial Mounds
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  July 12, 2016 (Tue) - December 23, 2016 (Fri)

Including:
Mirror, TLV Pattern and Four Divinities Design, Kofun period, 3rd - 4th century (Important Art Object, Private collection)
Mirror (Inscription of Date 235), TLV Pattern and Four Divinities Design,
Provenance Unknown, Kofun period, 3rd-4th century (Private collection)
Mirror (Inscription of Date 238), Divinity and Animal Design,
Kofun period, 4th century (Important Cultural Property)
Mirror, Deity and imaginary creature design,
From Izumikoganezuka Tumulus, Izumi-shi, Osaka, Kofun period, 4th century (Chinese-made: 3rd century, dated Keisho 3) (Important Cultural Property)
Mirror (Inscription of Date 240), Divinity and Animal Design,
Kofun period, 4th century (Important Cultural Property, Gift of Mr. Igarashi Kan'ei and Mr. Negishi Morisaburo)
Mirror, Human figure design,
Passed down at Suda Hachiman Jinja, Hashimoto-shi, Wakayama, Kofun period, 5th-6th century (National Treasure)

  
Imported Mirrors and Japanese Mirrors
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  July 12, 2016 (Tue) - December 23, 2016 (Fri)

Including:
Mirror with Design of Divinities, From Izumikoganezuka Tumulus, Uedai-cho, Izumi-shi, Osaka, Kofun period, 4th century (Important Cultural Property)
Mirror, Deity and horse carriage design,
From Kaifuki Samitatakarazuka tumulus, Samita Aza Ganbe, Kawai-cho, Nara, Kofun period, 4th-5th century (Originally made in China, 2nd-3rd century) (Important Cultural Property)
Mirror, Design of Animals,
From Shin'yama Tumulus, Koryo-cho, Nara, Kofun period, 4th century (Lent by The Imperial Household Agency)

  
Development of the Production of Beads and Jade Objects
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  July 12, 2016 (Tue) - December 23, 2016 (Fri)

Including:
Jasper Magatama Beads, From Izumikoganezuka Tumulus, Uedai-cho, Izumi-shi, Osaka, Kofun period, 4th-5th century (Important Cultural Property)

  
Various Treasured Vessels
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  July 12, 2016 (Tue) - December 23, 2016 (Fri)

Including:
Stone Ritual Dager, From Mikakushi Tumulus, Kani-shi, Gifu, Kofun period, 4th century
Arrowhead-shaped Stones,
From Todaijiyama Tumulus, Ichinomoto-cho, Tenri-shi, Nara, Kofun period, 4th century (Important Cultural Property)

  
Agricultural Tools of the Kofun Period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  July 12, 2016 (Tue) - December 23, 2016 (Fri)

Including:
Iron Adz, From Omaruyama Tumulus, Kofu-shi, Yamanashi, Kofun period, 4th century
Iron Saw,
From Nasuhachimanzuka Tumulus, Ogawa-machi, Tochigi, Kofun period, 4th century
Iron Scissors,
Kofun period, 6th century

  
Evolution of Equestrian Equipment
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  July 12, 2016 (Tue) - December 23, 2016 (Fri)

Including:
Horse Bit, With ring cheekplates, From Kamiwada, Hoshina, Wakaho-machi, Nagano-shi, Nagano, Kofun period, 6th century
Horse Bit, With ring cheekplates,
From Doai No 1 Tumulus, Shimobara, Saku-shi, Nagano (Gift of Mr. Kanahako Kunitaro and Mr. Urabe Buichiro)

  
Religious Ceremonies in the Kofun Period: Mount Miwa
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  July 12, 2016 (Tue) - December 23, 2016 (Fri)

Including:
Miniature Mirror, From Yamanokami Site, Baba, Miwa, Sakurai-shi, Nara, Kofun period, 5th century
Usudama Beads,
From Yamanokami Site, Baba, Miwa, Sakurai-shi, Nara, Kofun period, 5th-6th century
Winnow shaped Clay Objects,
From Yamanokami Site, Baba, Miwa, Sakurai-shi, Nara, Kofun period, 5th-6th century
Mallet shaped Clay Objects,
From Yamanokami Site, Baba, Miwa, Sakurai-shi, Nara, Kofun period, 5th-6th century
Cutting board shaped Clay Objects,
From Yamanokami Site, Baba, Miwa, Sakurai-shi, Nara, Kofun period, 5th-6th century

  
Figural Haniwa Tomb Figurines and Funerary Rituals
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 21, 2016 (Tue) - December 23, 2016 (Fri)

Including:
Haniwa (Terracotta tomb figurine), Chair, Excavated at Akabori Chausuyama Tumulus, Isesaki-shi, Gunma, Kofun period, 5th century
Haniwa
(Terracotta tomb object)Stemmed cup, Excavated at Akabori Chausuyama Tumulus, Isesaki-shi, Gunma, Kofun period, 5th century
Hip Warehouse, Haniwa (Terracotta Tomb Figurine),
From Akabori Chausuyama Tumulus, Isesaki-shi, Gunma, Kofun peiod, 5th century
Aguatic Bird, Haniwa (Terracotta Tomb Figure),
Kofun period, 5th century

  
Funerals of the Kofun Period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  July 12, 2016 (Tue) - December 23, 2016 (Fri)

Including:
Objects, From Noge Otsuka Tumulus, Noge, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, Kofun period, 5th century

  
Development of Figural Haniwa Tomb Figurines
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 21, 2016 (Tue) - December 23, 2016 (Fri)

Including:
Haniwa (Terracotta tomb figure)Monkey, Attributed provenance: Dainichizuka Tumulus, Okinosu, Namegata-shi, Ibaraki, Kofun period, 6th century (Important Cultural Property)
Haniwa
(Terracotta tomb object), Woman carrying a child on her back, Excavated at Niwatorizuka Tumulus, Moka-shi, Tochigi
Kofun period, 6th century (Gift of Mr. Hashimoto Shozaburo)
Woman Carrying a Child on Her Back, Haniwa (Terracotta Tomb Figurine),
Kofun period, 16th century (Gift of Mr, Hashimoto Syozaburo)
Seated Woman, Haniwa (Terracotta Tomb Figurine),
From Kokai, Oizumi-machi, Gunma, Kofun period, 6th century (Important Cultural Property)
Haniwa (Terracotta tomb object)Man in full dress,
Excavated at Nanashizuka Tumulus, Mibu-machi, Shimotsuga-gun, Tochigi, Kofun period, 6th century (Gift of Mr. Takayama Seinosuke)
Man Carrying a Hoe, Haniwa (Terracotta Tomb Figurine),
From Shimofurei-cho, Isesaki-shi, Gunma, Kofun period, 6th century
Wild Boar, Haniwa (Terracotta Tomb Figurine),
From Sakaikamitakeshi, Isesaki-shi, Gunma, Kofun period, 6th century (Important Cultural Property)
Hat, Haniwa (Terracotta Tomb Figurine),
From Setogaya Tumulus, Hodogaya-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa, Kofun period, 6th century

  
The Niizawa Senzuka Tombs and Exchange with the Asian Continent
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  July 12, 2016 (Tue) - December 23, 2016 (Fri)

Objects from Niizawa Senzuka No. 126 Tumulus.

Including:
Square-shaped Crown Ornament, Gold, From Niizawa Senzuka No. 126 Tumulus, Kawanishi-cho, Kashihara-shi, Nara, Kofun period, 5th century (Important Cultural Property)
Gold Earrings with Pendants,
From Niizawa Senzuka No. 126 Tumulus, Kawanishi-cho, Kashihara-shi, Nara, Kofun period, 5th century (Important Cultural Property)
Gold Rings,
From Niizawa Senzuka No. 126 Tumulus, Kawanishi-cho, Kashihara-shi, Nara, Kofun period, 5th century (Important Cultural Property)
Glass Bowl,
From Niizawa Senzuka No. 126 Tumulus, Kawanishi-cho, Kashihara-shi, Nara, Kofun period, 5th century (Important Cultural Property)
Glass Dish,
From Niizawa Senzuka No. 126 Tumulus, Kawanishi-cho, Kashihara-shi, Nara, Kofun period, 5th century (Important Cultural Property)
Glass Bowl,
Attributed provenance: Tomb of the Emperor Ankan, Habikino-shi, Osaka, Kofun period, 6th century (Important Cultural Property, Gift of Club Kansai)

  
Ancient Swords with Inscriptions and the Society of the Kofun Period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  July 12, 2016 (Tue) - December 23, 2016 (Fri)

Including:
Iron Sword with Silver Inlay Inscription, From Eta-Funayama Tumulus, Nagomi-machi, Kumamoto, Kofun period, 5th-6th century (National Treasure)
Warrior, Sekijin (Stone Tomb Figure),
From Iwatoyama Tumulus, Yame-shi, Fukuoka, Kofun period, 6th century (Important Cultural Property)

  
The Eta Funayama Burial Mound and the Advanced Culture of Provincial Clans
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  July 12, 2016 (Tue) - December 23, 2016 (Fri)

Including:
Gilt Bronze Crown, From Eta-Funayama Tumulus, Nagomi-machi, Kumamoto, Kofun period, 5th-6th century (National Treasure)
Iron Beaked Helmet,
From Eta-Funayama Tumulus, Nagomi-cho, Kumamoto, Kofun period, 5th-6th century (National Treasure)
Iron Sword with Ring Pommel, Covered with Silver Leaf,
From Eta-Funayama Tumulus, Nagomi-machi, Kumamoto, Kofun period, 5th-6th century (National Treasure)

  
Ancient Coins
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 7, 2016 (Tue) - December 4, 2016 (Sun)

Including:
[Fuhonsen] Coin, Provenance unknown, Asuka period, 7th century (Gift of Imperial Household Ministry)
Kaiki Shoho, Gold Coin,
Nara period, 8th century (Important Cultural Property)
Molds for Casting [Wado kaichin] Coins,
Excavated at Shimonoseki-shi, Yamaguchi, Nara period, 8th century (Gift of Mr. Shindo Zuido)

  
Ancient Japanese Tomb Epitaphs
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 7, 2016 (Tue) - December 4, 2016 (Sun)

Including:
Epitaph plaque of Mino no Okamaro, From Aoyamadai, Ikoma-shi, Nara, Nara period, dated730 (Important Cultural Property)
Epitaph Plaque of Mino no Okamaro, Excavated at Aoyamadai, Ikoma-shi, Nara, Nara period, dated 730

  
Tiles with Buddhist Images
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 7, 2016 (Tue) - December 4, 2016 (Sun)

Including:
Tile with Buddha Triad, Excavated at Minamihokkeji, Takatori-cho, Nara, Asuka period, 7th century (Gift of Mr. Matsumoto Kan'ichi)
Square Tile with Buddha Triad,
Purportedly excavated at Tachibanadera, Asuka-mura, Takaichi-gun, Nara, Asuka–Nara period, 7th–8th century (Private collection)
Tile with Buddha,
Excavated at Kidera Site, Asuka-mura, Nara, Asuka period, 7th century

  
Inscribed Roof Tiles of Temples
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 7, 2016 (Tue) - December 4, 2016 (Sun)

Including:
Inscraied Roof Tiles from the Ruin of Mutsu Kokubunji Temple, Nara period, 8th century
Inscraied Roof Tiles from the Ruin of Shimotsuke Yakushiji Temple,
Nara period, 8th century
Inscraied Roof Tiles from the Ruin of Musashi Kokubuniji Temple,
Nara period, 8th century
Inscraied Roof Tiles from the Ruin of Onodera Temple,
Nara period, 8th century

  
Sutra Mounds: Time Capsules for 5,670,000,000 Years
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 7, 2016 (Tue) - December 4, 2016 (Sun)

Including:
Ewer Handle, Excavated at Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, Heian period, 12th century
Sutra Case, Gilt Bronze,
From Nishiyama-cho, Sabae-shi, Fukui, Muromachi period, 16th century
Seashells with Sutra Text,
Excaveted at Amidadera, Mure-mura, Hofu-shi, Yamaguchi, Muromachi period, 16th century (Gift of Mr. Tokugawa Yorisada)
Bronze Sutra Case,
Heian period, dated 1103 (Important Cultural Property)

  
Sutras Preserved inside Sutra Mounds: Paper Sutras and Related Objects
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 7, 2016 (Tue) - December 4, 2016 (Sun)

Including:
Eight-lobed Mirror Auspicious flower and paired phoenixes design, Excavated at Yatsu, Nishiosuga, Narita-shi, Chiba, Heian period, 12th century (Gift of Mr. Asano Tatsunosuke and Mr. Sakurai Tasuku)
Mirror, Cherry blossom and paired sparrows design,
Excavated at Sakurado Sutra Mound, Sakurado, Toki-cho, Mizunami-shi, Gifu, Heian period, 12th century (Gift of Mr. Miyaji Sanji)
Mirror with design of pine springs and cranes,
Excavated at Toshihito Jinja Sutra Mound, Shimonomoto, Higashimatsuyama-shi, Saitama, Kamakura period, dated 1196
Mirror Rabbit and waterfowl design,
Excavated at Sakurado Sutra Mound, Sakurado, Toki-cho, Mizunami-shi, Gifu, Heian period, 12th century (Gift of Mr. Yanagi Takashi)

  
Sutras Preserved inside Sutra Mounds: Tile, Stone, and Bronze Sutras
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 7, 2016 (Tue) - December 4, 2016 (Sun)

Including:
Buddist Scripture Engraved on Bronze Plate, Heian period, 12th century (Important Art Object)
Buddist Scripture Engraved on Stone,
Heian period, 12th century

  
Earthenware Vessels Excavated from the Daimyo Residence in Edo
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 7, 2016 (Tue) - December 4, 2016 (Sun)

Including:
Bowl Fragments "Izuniku-Turkey-", 17th century
Lipped Jug with Salt-glazed "Fireffen-Germany-",
17th century
Bowl Fragments "Delufuto-Netherlands-",
17th century

  
Gold Coins Unearthed in Edo
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 7, 2016 (Tue) - December 4, 2016 (Sun)

Gold coins from the site of a Mintage.

Including:
Gold Coins from Oshima Island Keicho koban, Excavated off the coast of Katsuzaki, Okata, Oshima-machi, Tokyo, Edo period, 16th - 17th century
Gold Coins from Oshima Island Keicho ichibu kin,
Excavated off the coast of Katsuzaki, Okata, Oshima-machi, Tokyo, Edo period, 17th century

1st floor

  
Thematic Exhibition Room  July 26, 2016 (Tue) - September 4, 2016 (Sun)

In 1906–07, Sekino Tadashi (1868–1935) and Tsukamoto Yasushi (1869–1937) of the School of Engineering, Imperial University of Tokyo (now The University of Tokyo), together with Hirako Hisashi (1877–1911), who was a part-time employee at the Tokyo Imperial Household Museum (now the Tokyo National Museum), surveyed and photographed various sites and cultural assets mainly in the ancient capitals of Luoyang in Henan province and Xi’an in Shaanxi province. Furthermore, Sekino surveyed the areas in and around Shandong province in 1907–08, while Tsukamoto explored Hebei, Shanxi, Henan, and Shandong provinces in 1908.
This exhibition sheds light on three surveys carried out in China by the scholars of architecture, Sekino and Tsukamoto, during the late Qing dynasty, and features a portion of the photographs taken during these surveys.

Current exhibit includes:
Mount Jiuzong Viewed from Stele of Ashina Zhong, Photographed by Sekino Tadashi, Dated 1906 (Gift of Mr. Takeshima Takuichi)
Stone Caves on Mount Yunmen: Cave Number One, Photographed by Sekino Tadashi, Dated 1907-1908 (Gift of Mr. Takeshima Takuichi)
Canal outside South Gate at Jiningzhou (From Album of Photographs Taken in China), Photographed by Tsukamoto Yasushi, Dated 1908

2nd floor: Special Exhibition Galleries

  
Special Exhibition Galleries  June 21, 2016 (Tue) - September 19, 2016 (Mon)

This exhibition showcases sculptures, fresco paintings, and metal objects from Greece. Let us set off on a journey through Greek art, which blossomed from the Neolithic to the Hellenistic periods in various areas in Greece, such as the Aegean Islands, including Cyclades and Crete, as well as Athens, Sparta, and Macedonia. This is the first large-scale exhibition in Japan of Greek artworks gathered solely from the country of Greece.

 

  
Special Exhibition Galleries  October 18, 2016 (Tue) - November 27, 2016 (Sun)

Ink painting and chanoyu (the tea ceremony) were brought from China to Japan along with Zen Buddhism, and later grew into the central components of Japanese culture. This exhibition shows treasured objects brought together from the main and branch temples of the Rinzai and Obaku sects of Zen Buddhism in order to examine the history, art, and culture of Zen. Through Zen treasures such as portraits and the writings of high priests, Buddhist statues and paintings, decorative art objects, and wall paintings, the exhibition explores the roles that these artworks have played in Japanese culture.

  
Special Exhibition Galleries  January 17, 2017 (Tue) - March 12, 2017 (Sun)

Designated a World Heritage Site, Kasuga Taisha Shrine (Nara prefecture) was built at the beginning of the Nara period (710–794) in prayer for the protection of the capital and the prosperity of the people. From ancient times, the shrine revered deer as divine messengers of the gods. This exhibition presents masterpieces of decorative art in the collection of Kasuga Taisha, which is regarded as the “treasure trove” of the Heian period (794–1192). Other artworks on exhibit include a number of fine objects such as prized swords, arms, and armor from Japan’s medieval period, as well as paintings and sculptures associated with people’s faith in Kasugataisha Shrine.