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Heiseikan

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  October 14, 2015 (Wed) - June 12, 2016 (Sun)

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  October 14, 2015 (Wed) - June 5, 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  October 14, 2015 (Wed) - June 5, 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)

  
Interaction with the Asian Continent and the Pottery of an Agricultural Society
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  October 14, 2015 (Wed) - June 5, 2016 (Sun)

Including:
Dotaku (Bell-shaped Bronze), Yayoi period, 1st - 3rd century
Jar, From Kojo, Munakata-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
Pitcher, From Funahashi Site, Kashiwara-shi / Fujiidera-shi, Osaka, Yayoi period, 2nd-1st century BC (Gift of Mr. Tamura Toku)

  
Political Maturation and the Creation of Symbols of Authority
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  October 14, 2015 (Wed) - June 12, 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 with Triangular Rim, Dragon and tiger design, Excavated from Izumikoganeduka Tumulus, Izumi-shi, Osaka, Kofun period, 4th-5th century (Important Cultural Property)

  
The Yamato Kingdom and the Production of Symbols of Authority
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  October 14, 2015 (Wed) - June 12, 2016 (Sun)

Including:
Mirror with Hunting scene Dsign, Attributed from Yawatabara-cho, Takasaki-shi, Gunma, Kofun period, 4th-5th century (Important Cultural Property)
Bronze Arrowheads, From Shindootsukayama Tumulus, Hiratsuka-shi, Kanagawa, Kofun period, 4th century
Shell Bracelet, From Shorinzan Tumulus, Shingai, Iwata-shi, Shizuoka, Kofun period, 4th century
Iron Sword with Gold Inlay Inscription, From Todaijiyama Tumulus, Ichinomoto-cho, Tenri-shi, Nara, Kofun period, 4th century (Important Cultural Property) [on exhibit through December 23, 2015]

  
Large Burial Mounds and the Increase in Metal Production
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  October 14, 2015 (Wed) - June 12, 2016 (Sun)

Including:
Visored Helmet, From Otsuka Tumulus, Chuo-shi, Yamanashi, Kofun period, 5th century
Visored Helmet, From Otsukayama Tumulus, Gion, Kisarazu-shi, Chiba, Kofun period, 5th century
Short Cuirass, Vertical iron bands joined with leather, Excavated from Omaruyama Kofun, Koaza Higashiyama, Shimomukoyama-cho, Kofu-shi, Yamanashi, Kofun period, 4th century
Vessel in The Shape of House, Sue Stoneware, From Daidoji Tumulus, Musota, Wakayama-shi, Wakyama, Kofun period, 5th century
Vessel in The Shape of Horn, Sue Stoneware, From Shishizuka Tumulus, Goichi, Mihama-cho, Mikata-gun, Fukui, Kofun period, 6th century

  
The Rise of Provincial Clans and the Development of a Unique Culture
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  October 14, 2015 (Wed) - June 12, 2016 (Sun)

Including:
Gilt Bronze Horse Bit, Excavated from Kenzaki Otsuka, Takasaki-shi, Gunma, Kofun period, 6th century (Gift of Provisional Water Supply Department, Takasaki City)
Iron Keiko Armor, From Tenguyama tumulus, Kawabe, Mabi-cho, Kurashiki-shi, Okayama, Kofun period, 5th-6th century (Gift of Mr. Mitsui Koshin)
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  October 14, 2015 (Wed) - June 12, 2016 (Sun)

Including:
MirrorAnimal 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 Laquered Cloth 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  October 14, 2015 (Wed) - June 26, 2016 (Sun)

Including:
Grass Cinerary Urn, From Fuminonemaro’s Tomb, Yataki, Haibara-ku, Uda-shi, Nara, Asuka period, dated 707 (National Treasure)
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 Takaida, Kashiwara-shi, Osaka, Asuka  - Nara period, 7th - 8th century

  
Mountain Worship and the Belief in the Decline of Buddhism
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  October 14, 2015 (Wed) - June 26, 2016 (Sun)

Including:
Bronze Image of Yoshino Mandara, Excavated from Tomb at Mount Omine Peak, Tenkawa-mura, 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  October 14, 2015 (Wed) - June 26, 2016 (Sun)

Including:
Itabi with Sanskrit Characters Symbolizing Amitabha Triad, Muromachi period, dated 1457
Jar, Autumn grasses design, From Minami Kase, Saiwai-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa, Heian period, 12th century (National Treasure, Lent by Keio University, Tokyo) [on exhibit through November 15, 2015]
Ewer, White porcelain, Jingdezhen ware, ChinaFrom Minamishiga-cho, Otsu-shi, Shiga, Kamakura Period, 13th-14th century (Northern Song dynasty, 11th century) (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Omi-jingu, Shiga)

  
Objects Excavated from Edo
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  October 14, 2015 (Wed) - June 26, 2016 (Sun)

Including:
Roof Tile, Edo period, 17th - 19th century
Round Eave Tile with Gold Leafwith plum brossom crest, From Yuraku-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Edo period, 17th century
Cakra Wheel, From 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)

1st floor: Japanese Archaeology (Thematic Exhibitions)

  
Daily Tools of the Jomon Period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  October 14, 2015 (Wed) - June 5, 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  March 8, 2016 (Tue) - July 18, 2016 (Mon)

The creation of clay tablets with Buddhist sutras involves inscribing sutra text onto square or rectangular clay slabs and firing them. Created for about a century from the latter half of the 11th century, they have been found from over forty sutra mounds, many of which were located in western Japan. The common practice was to bury paper sutras stored in sutra cases and their outer containers together with various burial objects. However, paper sutras decompose over time, and, when discovered, have already lost their original forms in most cases. Clay tablets, in contrast, tend to retain their original forms when buried. Tens or hundreds of them can be found in clusters from one site, which suggests clay tablets may have been invented to preserve sutras for a longer period of time. Clay tablets are extremely valuable as archaeological and textual materials because details of their production, such as methods, circumstances, and those who were involved, can be obtained from their forms and inscribed texts.
This exhibition showcases, in one sweep, prime examples of clay tablets and related objects that are in the museum collection or on long-term loan. Through these objects, visitors are invited to feel the earnest wishes of the people who lived, according to contemporary beliefs, during the time of Buddhism s decline.

Including:
Tablet with Sutra Inscriptions, Clay, Excavated from Komachizuka Sutra Mound, Tanga, Uraguchi-cho, Ise-shi, Mie, Heian period, dated 1174 (Important Cultural Property)
Tablets with Sutra Inscriptions, Clay,
Excavated from Dainichiji Sutra Mound, Sakura, Kurayoshi-shi, Tottori, Heian period, dated 1071
Tile, With image of Nyoirin Kannon (Cintamanicakra),
Excavated from An'yoji Sutra Mound, Asabara, Kurashiki-shi, Okayama, Heian period, 12th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by An'yoji, Okayama)
Seated Amida Nyorai (Amitabha), Clay,
Excavated from Gokurakuji Sutra Mound, Kodera-cho, Himeji-shi, Hyogo, Heian period, 12th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Jofukuji, Hyogo)
Tablet with Sutra Inscriptions, Stone,
Attributed provenance: Wakana Hachimangu shrine, Chikugo-shi, Fukuoka, Heian period, 12th century

  
Accessories and Objects for Prayer from the Jomon Period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  October 14, 2015 (Wed) - June 5, 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  October 14, 2015 (Wed) - June 5, 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  October 14, 2015 (Wed) - June 5, 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  October 14, 2015 (Wed) - June 5, 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  October 14, 2015 (Wed) - June 5, 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  October 14, 2015 (Wed) - June 5, 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  October 14, 2015 (Wed) - June 12, 2016 (Sun)

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) (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  October 14, 2015 (Wed) - June 12, 2016 (Sun)

Including:
Mirror, Phoenix Design, From Nasuhachimanzuka Tumulus, Nakagawa-machi, Tochigi, Kofun period, 4th century
Mirror, Divinity and Animal Design, From Izumikoganeduka Tumulus, Izumi-shi, Osaka, Kofun period, 5th - 6th 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)
Mirror with Six Small Bells, From site at Ueno, Sekijo-machi, Ibaraki, Kofun period, 5th - 6th century

  
Development of the Production of Beads and Jade Objects
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  October 14, 2015 (Wed) - June 12, 2016 (Sun)

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  October 14, 2015 (Wed) - June 12, 2016 (Sun)

Including:
Stone Ritual Dager, From Mikakushi Tumulus, Kani-shi, Gifu, Kofun period, 4th century
Stone Ritual Dager, From Samidatakarazuka Tumulus, Kawai-cho, Nara, Kofun period, 4th - 5th century (Important Cultural Property)
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  October 14, 2015 (Wed) - June 12, 2016 (Sun)

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

  
Changes in the Attire of Warriors
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  October 14, 2015 (Wed) - June 12, 2016 (Sun)

Including:
Spear Thead, From Haibarakamiidani, Uda-shi, Nara, Kofun period, 5th century
Iron Spearhead, From Onoazauzugashira, Ayagawa-cho, Ayauta-gun, Kagawa, Kofun period, 5th century (Gift of Mr. Miyatake Satoshi and Mr. Osawa Isaburo)
Iron Spear, From Wakata-otsuka tumulus, Wakata-matchi, Takasaki-shi, Gunma, Kofun period, 5th - 6th century
Iron Spear, Kofun period, 6th century (Important Art Object, Gift of Mr. Gomi Kenzo)
Iron Spear of serpentine blade, Kofun period, 5th century

  
Rituals of the Kofun Period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  October 14, 2015 (Wed) - June 12, 2016 (Sun)

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
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

  
Funerals of the Kofun Period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  October 14, 2015 (Wed) - June 12, 2016 (Sun)

Including:
Ritual Pillow Stone, Ritual Incised Disks Stone, Ritual Magatama Beads Stone, Ritual Sword Stone, From Takakura Tumulus, Takakura, Narita-shi, Chiba, Kofun period, 5th-6th century (Gift of Mr. Nemoto Yasutaro)

  
Figural Haniwa Tomb Figurines and Funerary Rituals
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  October 14, 2015 (Wed) - June 19, 2016 (Sun)

Including:
House with Diminutives Haniwa (Terracotta Tomb Ornament), From Saitobaru Tumulus, Saito-shi, Miyazaki, Kofun period, 5th century (Important Cultural Property)
Iron Swords with House Ornamental Ring Pommel,
From Todaijiyama Tumulus, Ichinomoto-cho, Tenri-shi, Nara, Kofun period, 4th century (Important Cultural Property)
House, Haniwa (Terracotta Tomb Ornament),
From Shiraishi Inariyama Tumulus, Fujioka-shi, Gunma, Kofun period, 5th century
Aguatic Bird, Haniwa (Terracotta Tomb Figure),
Kofun period, 5th century

  
Development of Figural Haniwa Tomb Figurines
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  October 14, 2015 (Wed) - June 19, 2016 (Sun)

Including:
Warrior in Tanko Armor, Haniwa (Terracotta Tomb Figurine), From Kamichujo, Kumagaya-shi, Saitama, Kofun period, 6th century (Important Cultural Property)
Seated Woman, Haniwa (Terracotta Tomb Figurine),
From Kokai, Oizumi-machi, Gunma, Kofun period, 6th century (Important Cultural Property)
Warrior in Keiko Armor, Haniwa (terracotta tomb figurine),
From Niwatorizuka Tumulus, Mooka-shi, Tochigi, Kofun period, 6th century (Gift of Mr. Hashimoto Shigeru and Mr. Hashimoto Shozaburo)
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  October 14, 2015 (Wed) - June 12, 2016 (Sun)

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, On exhibit through November 23, 2015; On exhibit from March 23, 2016)
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, One from a pair  = On exhibit from November 25, 2015 through March 21, 2016)
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) 

  
Ancient Swords with Inscriptions and the Society of the Kofun Period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  October 14, 2015 (Wed) - June 12, 2016 (Sun)

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  October 14, 2015 (Wed) - June 12, 2016 (Sun)

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)
Glass Bowl,
Attributed provenance: Tomb of the Emperor Ankan, Habikino-shi, Osaka, Kofun period, 6th century (Important Cultural Property, Gift of Club Kansai)
Gilt Bronze Crown,
Kofun period, 5th century

  
Ancient Coins
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  October 14, 2015 (Wed) - June 26, 2016 (Sun)

Including:
Fuhonsen, Asuka period, 7th century (Gift of Imperial Household Ministry)
Kaiki Shoho, Gold Coin,
Nara period, 8th century (Important Cultural Property)

  
Ancient Writing and Officials of the Nara Period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  October 14, 2015 (Wed) - June 26, 2016 (Sun)

Including:
Bronze Seal of Mikasa Troop, From Kokubu, Dazaifu-shi, Fukuoka, Nara period, 8th century (Important Cultural Property)
Bronze Seal of Onga Troop,
From Kanzeonji, Dazaifu-shi, Fukuoka, Nara period, 8th century (Important Cultural Property)
Bronze Seal,
From the Ruins of Nara Country Government Office, Nakagawa-machi, Tochigi, Heian period, 9th century (Important Cultural Property)
Bronze Seal of Keisoku Temple,
Provenance Unknown, Heian period, 9th-10th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Keisoku-ji, Tochigi)

  
Tiles with Buddhist Images
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  October 14, 2015 (Wed) - June 26, 2016 (Sun)

Including:
Green glazed tile, Wave Design, Hokkeji-cho, Nara-shi, Nara, Nara period, 8th century
Tile with Image of Buddhist Divinity,
Minamihokkeji, Takatori-cho, Nara, Asuka period, 7th century (Important Cultural Property)
Tile with Image of Buddhist Divinity,
Kariyadohaiji, Shirakawa-shi, Fukushima, Asuka period, 7th century (Important Art Object)

  
Inscribed Roof Tiles of Temples
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  October 14, 2015 (Wed) - June 26, 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  October 14, 2015 (Wed) - June 26, 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  October 14, 2015 (Wed) - June 26, 2016 (Sun)

Including:
Recipts of Donated Sutras, Edo piriod(1653–1654)(On exhibit through December 13, 2015)

  
Sutras Preserved inside Sutra Mounds: Tile, Stone, and Bronze Sutras
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  October 14, 2015 (Wed) - June 26, 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  October 14, 2015 (Wed) - June 26, 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  October 14, 2015 (Wed) - June 26, 2016 (Sun)

Gold coins from the site of a Mintage.

Including:
Gold Coins "Keicho-koban", From Ginza 6-chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Azuchi-Momoyama - Edo period, 16th - 17th century
Gold Coins "Shotoku-koban",
From Ginza 6-chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Edo period, 18th century
Gold Coins "Kyoho-koban",
From Ginza 6-chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Edo period, 18th century
Gold Coins "Keicho-ichibukin",
From Ginza 6-chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Azuchi-Momoyama - Edo period, 16th - 17th century
Gold Coins "Kenji-ichibukin",
From Ginza 6-chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo,  Azuchi-Momoyama - Edo period, 16th - 17th century
Gold Coins "Kyoho-ichibukin",
From Ginza 6-chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo,  Edo period, 18th century

1st floor

  
Thematic Exhibition Room  April 12, 2016 (Tue) - May 22, 2016 (Sun)

This exhibition is held in conjunction with this year’s annual commemorative event for International Museum Day, “In Search of Tigers on Ueno Hill” (scheduled for May 15; advanced booking required). This event is organized jointly by three institutions in Ueno Park: Ueno Zoological Gardens, the National Museum of Nature and Science, and the Tokyo National Museum.
From long ago, paintings with tigers have also been popular in Japan. But, because tigers do not inhabit Japan, no one knew what they were really like. Before that, the people of Japan could only imagine tigers based on paintings, stories, or tiger fur from overseas. Tigers that look just like cats were also drawn back then.
Artworks featuring tigers from Japan and other Asian counties have been brought together for this exhibition. While some tigers look like imaginary animals, others are quite realistic. Other animals, such as leopards, lions, and cats, are also featured. Take a close look at these “feline friends of tigers,” who are expressive even to their tails!

Current exhibit includes:
Dragon and Tiger, By Kano Tsunenobu, Edo period, 17th century
Dish, Tiger and bamboo design in underglaze blue with celadon glaze,
Imari ware, Edo period, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Hirano Kosuke)
Embroidered Insignia (Hyungbae badge),
Joseon dynasty, 19th century
Tiger,
By Maruyama Okyo, Edo period, 18th century
Two Tigers on Rock,
By Suzuki Chokichi, Dated 1900

2nd floor: Special Exhibition Galleries

  
Special Exhibition Galleries  March 23, 2016 (Wed) - May 15, 2016 (Sun)

2016 marks the 150th anniversary of Kuroda Seiki’s birth. Widely known for his painting entitled Lakeside, Kuroda (1866–1924) contributed greatly to the modernization of the arts in Japan.
This exhibition aims to comprehensively look at Kuroda’s artistic achievements through his masterpieces.

  
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.