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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) - July 10, 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  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 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:
Bronze Mirror of design of TLV Pattern and, From Takarazuka Tomb, Samita, Kawai-cho, Kitakatsuragi-gun, Nara, Kofun period, 4th - 5th century (Important Cultural Property)
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)
Mirror with Hunting scene Dsign,
Attributed from Yawatabara-cho, 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:
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 Six Small Bells, From site at Ueno, Sekijo-machi, 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  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  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  October 14, 2015 (Wed) - July 10, 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) - July 10, 2016 (Sun)

Including:
Mirror, Phoenix Design, From Nasuhachimanzuka Tumulus, Nakagawa-machi, Tochigi, Kofun period, 4th century
Mirror, Divinity and Animal Design,
Kofun period, 5th - 6th century (Important Cultural Property)
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, Design of Animals,
From Shin'yama Tumulus, Koryo-cho, Nara, Kofun period, 4th century (Lent by The Imperial Household Agency)
Mirror, With six bells,
Excavated at Ueno Tumulus, Chikusei-shi, Ibaraki, Kofun period, 5th-6th century

  
Development of the Production of Beads and Jade Objects
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  October 14, 2015 (Wed) - July 10, 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) - July 10, 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) - July 10, 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) - July 10, 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) - July 10, 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

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

Including:
Chair, Haniwa (Terracotta Tomb Figure), From Chausuyama Tumulus, Isesaki-shi, Gunma, Kofun period, 5th century
Stem Cup, Haniwa (Terracotta Tomb Figure),
From 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  October 14, 2015 (Wed) - July 10, 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)

  
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)
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)
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) - July 10, 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) - July 10, 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) - July 10, 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  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  May 31, 2016 (Tue) - July 10, 2016 (Sun)

We hope this exhibition will deepen understanding of this facet of the museum's work while also communicating the vitality of cultures past.

Current exhibit includes:
Detached Segment of Illustrated Scroll of The Tale of Sumiyoshi, Kamakura period, 13th century
Genpo yoka (Collection of Flowering Plants), By Ito Jakuchu, Edo period, dated 1768

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.