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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 (Woman in full dress Haniwa)

  
Important Cultural Property: Haniwa (Terracotta tomb figurine), Woman in formal attire
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  July 4, 2017 (Tue) - June 24, 2018 (Sun)

Exhibiting:
Haniwa (Terracotta tomb figurine), Woman in formal attire, Excavated at Yokozuka, Toyoshiro-cho, Isesaki-shi, Gunma, Kofun period, 6th century (Important Cultural Property)

1st floor: Japanese Archaeology (Chronological Exhibition)

  
The Beginning of Tool Making in the Paleolithic Era
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 6, 2017 (Tue) - December 25, 2017 (Mon)

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)
Projectile Point,
Excavated at Shimoshanabuchi Site, Engaru-cho, Hokkaido, Paleolithic period, 18000 BC (Private collection)
Microblades,
Excavated at Araya Site, Nagaoka-shi, Niigata, Paleolithic period, 16000 BC (Gift of Mr. Hoshino Ryo)

  
Permanent Settlements and the Creation of Pottery
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 6, 2017 (Tue) - December 25, 2017 (Mon)

Including:
Stone Rod, Excavated at Hirabayashi, Fujikawa-cho, Yamanashi, Jomon period, 3000–2000 BC (Gift of Mr. Hosaka Chojiro)
Deep Bowls,
Excavated at Hanamiyama Site, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa, Jomon period, 11000–7000 BC (Lent by the Yokohama City Board of Education, Kanagawa)
Deep Bowl,
Excavated at Natsushima Shell Mound, Yokosuka-shi, Kanagawa, Jomon period, 7000–4000 BC (Important Cultural Property, Lent by the Meiji University Museum, Tokyo)
Deep Jar with Spout,
Excavated at Kamifukuoka Shell Mound, Fujimino-shi, Saitama, Jomon period, 4000–3000 BC (Important Cultural Property, Private collection)
Deep Bowls,
Excavated at Habitation Site 1, Takikubo Site, Kokubunji-shi, Tokyo, Jomon period, 3000–2000 BC (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Musashi Kokubunji, Tokyo)
Jar with Human Figure Ornament,
Excavated at Tokoshinai, Hirosaki-shi, Aomori, Jomon period, 2000–1000 BC (Important Cultural Property)
Deep Bowl,
Excavated at Azusawa Shell Mound, Itabashi-ku, Tokyo, Jomon period, 1000–400 BC (Gift of Mr. Goto Shuichi)

  
Interaction with the Asian Continent and the Pottery of an Agricultural Society
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 6, 2017 (Tue) - December 25, 2017 (Mon)

Including:
Jar, Excavated at Nijofukae, Itoshima-shi, Fukuoka, Yayoi period, 4th–3rd century BC
Stem Cup,
Excavated at Higashioda-Nanaita, Chikuzen-machi, Fukuoka, Yayoi period, 2nd–1st century BC (Lent by Chikuzen Education Board, Fukuoka)
Burial Jar, For an infant child,
Excavated in Saga prefecture, Yayoi period, 2nd–1st century BC
Long-necked Jar,
Excavated at Asagiri-cho, Kumamoto, Yayoi period, 1st–3rd century (Important Cultural Property, Private collection)

  
Political Maturation and the Creation of Symbols of Authority
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 20, 2017 (Tue) - December 3, 2017 (Sun)

Including:
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)
Gourd-shaped Jar, Haji Earthenware, From Nishi Sutra Mound, Masuda, Natori-shi, Miyagi, Kofun period, 4th–5th century
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 20, 2017 (Tue) - December 3, 2017 (Sun)

Including:
Mirror, Alternated geometric pattern with beast design, Excavated from Samita takarazuka Tumulus, Kawai-cho, Nara, Kofun period, 4th–5th century (Important Cultural Property)
Four-legged Vessel, Jasper, Excavated at Oyagatani Tumulus, Tarui-cho, Gifu, Kofun period, 4th–5th century
Iron Sword with Floral Ring Pommel, With inscription in gold inlay, Excavated at Todaijiyama Tumulus, Tenri-shi, NaralKofun period, 4th century; sword blade: created in China, 2nd century (National Treasure)
House-shaped Ring Pommel, Excavated at Todaijiyama Tumulus, Tenri-shi, Nara, Kofun period, 4th century (National Treasure)
Mirror, Hunting scene design, Purportedly excavated at 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 20, 2017 (Tue) - December 3, 2017 (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)
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

  
The Rise of Provincial Clans and the Development of a Unique Culture
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 20, 2017 (Tue) - December 3, 2017 (Sun)

Including:
Mirror, With six bells, Excavated at Ueno Tumulus, Chikusei-shi, Ibaraki, Kofun period, 5th–6th century
Gilt Bronze Horse Bit, Excavated from Kenzaki Otsuka, Takasaki-shi, Gunma, Kofun period, 6th century (Gift of Provisional Water Supply Department, Takasaki City)
Short-necked Jar and Cover with Bird-shaped Ornament, Excavated at Toshi-cho, Toba-shi, Mie, Kofun period, 6th century (Gift of Mr. Nakamura Rokuemon)
 

  
Late Burial Mounds and Influence from the Asian Continent
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 20, 2017 (Tue) - December 3, 2017 (Sun)

Including:
Mirror, Animal and Grape design, From Nishi Kuruno-cho, Gojyo-shi, Nara, Kofun period, 7th century
Earthen Coffin, From Kawabe, Tsuyama-shi, Okayama, Kofun (Asuka) period, 7th century

  
The Beginnings of a State under the Ritsuryo System
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  July 4, 2017 (Tue) - December 25, 2017 (Mon)

Including:
Cinerary Urn, Excavated at Fumi no Nemaro'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, 6th–7th century
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  July 4, 2017 (Tue) - December 25, 2017 (Mon)

Including:
Mirror with Image of Zao Gongen in Hairline Engraving, Excavated at the Mount Omine Peak Site, Tenkawa-mura, Nara, Heian period, 10th–12th century (Important Art Object)
Pendant Plaque with Image of Yoshino Mandala, Excavated at the Mount Omine Peak Site, 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  July 4, 2017 (Tue) - July 1, 2018 (Sun)

Including:
Itabi with Sanskrit Characters Symbolizing Amitabha Triad, Muromachi period, dated 1457
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)
Jar, Autumn grass design, From Minami Kase, Saiwai-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa, Heian period, 12th century (National Treasure, Lent by Keio University, Tokyo)

  
Objects Excavated from Edo
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  July 4, 2017 (Tue) - December 25, 2017 (Mon)

Including:
Roof Tile, Excavated at the premises of the Tokyo National Museum, Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 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, 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)

  
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  March 7, 2017 (Tue) - September 24, 2017 (Sun)

This technique originated in China’s gray pottery and was later introduced from Korea to Japan, where local production began in the 5th century.
At the Suemura site in present-day Osaka in particular, many kilns were in operation until the Heian period (794–1192). From the late 5th century, sue ware kilns were built in various regions of Japan, and the pottery they produced was also placed in burial mounds with the deceased. Even after the Nara and Heian periods, sue ware was used at temples and government offices. The techniques for making it were later used to create new types of pottery.

Current exhibit includes:
Footed Bowl with Smaller Vessels, Excavated at Kamatogi No.5 Tumulus, Gifu-shi, Kofun period, 6th century (Gift of Mr. Ichihashi Shinzaburo)
Horn-shaped Vessel, Excavated at Shishizuka Tumulus, Mihama-cho, Fukui, Kofun period, 6th century
Portable Flask in Shape of Leather Pouch, Excavated at Gose-shi, Nara, Kofun period, 6th century (Gift of Mr. Yamanaka Sho)

  
Daily Tools of the Jomon Period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 6, 2017 (Tue) - December 25, 2017 (Mon)

Including:
Toggling Harpoon HeadIn shape of swallow tail, Excavated at Nakazawahama Shell Mound, Rikuzentakata-shi, Iwate, Jomon period, 1000–400 BC (Gift of Mr. Tokugawa Yorisada)
Fishhook,
Excavated at Hibiki Shell Mound, 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)

  
Accessories and Objects for Prayer from the Jomon Period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 6, 2017 (Tue) - December 25, 2017 (Mon)

Including:
Hair Pin, From Kamitakatsu Shell Mound, Kamitakatsu, Tsutiura-shi, Ibaraki, Jomon period, 2000–400 BC
Ring-shaped Pendant,
From Numazu Shell Mound, Ishinomaki-shi, Miyagi, Jomon period, 2000–400 BC (Gift of Mr. Sugawara Satoshi)
Pendant,
From Kamegaoka, Kizukuri, Tsugaru-shi, Aomori, Jomon period, 1000–400 BC
Stone Rod,
Excavated at Obukai, Sakura-shi, Chiba, Jomon period, 1000–400 BC (Gift of Mr. Ichihara Tozaburo)

  
Dogu: Objects for Prayer from the Jomon Period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 6, 2017 (Tue) - December 25, 2017 (Mon)

Including:
Dogu (Clay figurine), Excavated at Kamikurokoma, Misaka-cho, Fuefuki-shi, Yamanashi, Jomon period, 3000–2000 BC (Gift of Mr. Miyamoto Naokichi)
Dogu (Clay figurine) with Goggle-shaped Eyes, Excavated at Kamegaoka, Kizukuri, Tsugaru-shi, Aomori, Jomon period, 1000–400 BC (Important Cultural Property)
Clay Mask,
Excavated at Kamegaoka, Kizukuri, Tsugaru-shi, Aomori, Jomon period, 1000–400 BC (Important Cultural Property)
Doban, Clay Tablet,
Excavated at Fukuda Shell Mound, Inashiki-shi, Ibaraki, Jomon period, 1000–400 BC (Important Cultural Property, Gift of Mr. Inoue Tsuneichi and Mrs. Inoue Fumiko)
Gangu (Stone Figurine),
Excavated at Komukai, Nanbu-cho, Aomori, Jomon period, 1000–400 BC

  
Daily Tools of the Yayoi Period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 6, 2017 (Tue) - December 25, 2017 (Mon)

Including:
Wooden Hoe, Excavated at Nagasaki Site, Shimizu-ku, Shizuoka-shi, Shizuoka, Yayoi period, 2nd century BC–3rd century AD (Lent by Shizuoka Prefectural Education Commission)
Tip of Bronze Spade Blade,
Excavated at Taguma, Sawara-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka, Yayoi period, 1st–3rd century (Gift of Mr. Nakahara Tasaburo)
Iron Axe,
Excavated at the mountain behind Korinji Temple, Shinonoi, Nagano-shi, Nagano, Yayoi period, 2nd–1st century BC
Octopus Trap Jar,
Excavated at Yotsuike Site, Sakai-shi, Osaka, Yayoi period, 2nd century BC–3rd century AD (Gift of Mr. Maeda Chozaburo)
Clay Spindle Whorl,
Excavated at Orimoto-cho, Tsuzuki-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa, Yayoi period, 2nd–1st century BC (Gift of Ms. Noguchi Kane)

  
Accessories and Ritual Implements from the Yayoi Period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 6, 2017 (Tue) - December 25, 2017 (Mon)

Including:
Glass Cylindrical Beads (Kudatama) and Small Beads, Excavated at Maebaru Higashi (Futagozuka), Itoshima-shi, Fukuoka, Yayoi period, 1st–3rd century
Bronze Bracelet,
Excavated at Nishiyama Park, Nishiyama-cho, Sabae-shi, Fukui, Yayoi period, 1st–3rd century
Polished Stone Halberd,
Excavated at Matsugasako, Nakaitoda, Itoda-machi, Fukuoka, Yayoi period, 2nd century BC–3rd century AD (Gift of Mr. Nishimura Shinjiro and another)
Axe-shaped Stone Object,
Provenance unknown, Yayoi period, 1st century BC–3rd century AD (Private collection)

  
Bronze Ritual Implements of the Yayoi Period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 6, 2017 (Tue) - December 25, 2017 (Mon)

Including:
Dotaku (Bell-shaped bronze), Purportedly excavated in Kagawa prefecture, Yayoi period, 2nd–1st century BC (National Treasure)
Dotaku (Bell-shaped bronze), Excavated at Mizotani, Kehi, Toyooka-shi, Hyogo, Yayoi period, 2nd–1st century BC (Important Cultural Property)
Bronze Sword with "Insect Antenna" Pommel,
Excavated at Sakadou, Mine, Mine-machi, Tsushima-shi, Nagasaki, Yayoi period, 1st–3rd century
Bronze Sword with "Insect Antenna" Pommel,
Excavated at Kawazu, Kashiwazaki, Karatsu-shi, Saga, Yayoi period, 2nd–1st century BC
Bronze Sword Blade, Narrow blade type,
Excavated at Akasaki, Iwara, Itoshima-shi, Fukuoka, Yayoi period, 4th–3rd century BC
Bronze Halberd, Narrow blade type,
Excavated at Yasu Nagata, Yubi-machi, Tosu-shi, Saga, Yayoi period, 2nd–1st century BC (Gift of Mr. Moji Tsuneo)
Mold of Bronze Halberd,
Excavated at Ichiinoki, Kami Izumi, Kuboizumi-machi, Saga-shi, Saga, Yayoi period, 2nd–1st century BC (Important Cultural Property)
Dotaku (Bell-shaped bronze), Excavated at Oiwayama, Koshinohara, Yasu-shi, Shiga, Yayoi period, 1st–3rd century (Important Cultural Property)

  
The Post-Jomon Culture in Hokkaido
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 6, 2017 (Tue) - December 25, 2017 (Mon)

Including:
Spade, Whale bone, Excavated at Etomo-cho, Muroran-shi, Hokkaido, Epi-Jomon period, 2nd–1st century BC
Deep Bowl,
Excavated at Etomo-cho, Muroran-shi, Hokkaido, Epi-Jomon period, 2nd–1st century BC
Jar,
Excavated at Bentenjima Island, Nemuro-shi, Hokkaido, Okhotsk Culture period, 5th–6th century
Fish-shaped Stone Object,
Provenance unknown, Epi-Jomon period, 2nd–1st century BC (Gift of Mr. Tokugawa Yorisada)
Pendant, Fur-seal fang,
Excavated at Yukawa Shell Mound, Hakodate-shi, Hokkaido, Epi-Jomon period, 2nd century BC–3rd century AD (Gift of Mr. Tokugawa Yorisada)

  
Ancient Chinese Mirrors from Japanese Kofun Burial Mounds
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 27, 2017 (Tue) - June 17, 2018 (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)

  
Objects Excavated from Funakiyama No. 24 Tumulus
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 27, 2017 (Tue) - December 3, 2017 (Sun)

Including:
Objects Excavated from Funakiyama No. 24 Tumulus, Excavated at Funakiyama No. 24 Tumulus, Motosu-shi, Gifu., Kofun period, 4th–5th century

  
Development of the Production of Beads and Jade Objects
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 27, 2017 (Tue) - June 17, 2018 (Sun)

Including:
Kudatama beads, From site at Ege, Kamiuekihon-machi, Isezaki-shi, Gunma, Kofun period, 5th–6th century

  
The Brilliance of Metal Belt Fittings
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 27, 2017 (Tue) - December 3, 2017 (Sun)

Metal belt fttings were originally used by equestrian people of Eurasia, and were later brought to Japan through China and the Korean Peninsula. Made of silver, gilt-bronze, and other metals, they were created in a variety of shapes.

  
Agricultural Tools of the Kofun Period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 27, 2017 (Tue) - December 3, 2017 (Sun)

Including:
Iron Adz, From Choshizuka Tumulus, Shimosone-cho, Kofu-shi, Yamanashi, Kofun period, 4th century
Iron Plane,
From Choshizuka Tumulus, Shimosone-cho, 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

  
Changes in Weaponry: Warabite Swords
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 27, 2017 (Tue) - June 17, 2018 (Sun)

In the 7th to 8th centuries, iron swords with hilts shaped like fern fronds (called warabite swords in Japanese) were disseminated throughout the Japanese archipelago. In eastern Japan, and the northeastern Tohoku region in particular, these swords have been excavated in great quantities from tumuli and ancient graves. Their use as grave goods shows that burial practices were dierent from those practiced in the capital.

  
Rituals in the Kofun Period: Deity Worship in Eastern Japan
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 27, 2017 (Tue) - December 3, 2017 (Sun)

Including:
Magatama beads, Excavated at Sarunoko Site, Yuda, Bando-shi, Ibaraki, Kofun period, 5th-6th century (Gift of Mr. Kimura Kiichi)

  
Funerals of the Kofun Period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 27, 2017 (Tue) - June 17, 2018 (Sun)

Including:
Pillow, From site at Kamihosoi-machi, Maebashi-shi, Gunma, Kofun period, 5th century
Ritual Pillow, Stone,
From Takakura Tumulus, Takakura, Narita-shi, Chiba, Kofun period, 5th–6th century (Gift of Mr. Nemoto Yasutaro)
Flower-shaped Ornament for Stone Headrest, Stone,
From Komatsu Kouzaki-machi, Katori-gun, Chiba, Kofun period, 5th–6th century (Gift of Mr. Endo Daijiro)

  
Figural Haniwa Tomb Figurines and Funerary Rituals
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  July 4, 2017 (Tue) - December 17, 2017 (Sun)

Including:
Haniwa (Terracotta tomb object), Chair, Excavated at Akabori Chausuyama Tumulus, Isesaki-shi, Gunma, Kofun period, 5th century
Tanko, Armor, Haniwa (Terracotta tomb ornament), Excavated at Shiroishi Inariyama Tumulus, Fujioka-shi, Gunma, Kofun period, 5th century
Aguatic Bird, Haniwa (Terracotta Tomb Figure), From the tomb perhaps of the Emperor Ojin, Habikino-shi, Osaka, Kofun period, 5th century

  
Development of Figural Haniwa Tomb Figurines
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  July 4, 2017 (Tue) - December 17, 2017 (Sun)

Including:
Haniwa (Terracotta tomb figurine), Woman carrying a child on her back, Excavated at Niwatorizuka Tumulus, Moka-shi, Tochigi, Kofun period, 6th century (Gift of Mr. Hashimoto Shozaburo)
Seated Woman, Haniwa (Terracotta Tomb Figurine), From Kokai, Oizumi-machi, Gunma, Kofun period, 6th century (Important Cultural Property)
Haniwa (Terracotta tomb figurine), Man in formal attire, Excavated at Nanashizuka Tumulus, Mibu-machi, Shimotsuga-gun, Tochigi, Kofun period, 6th century (Gift of Mr. Takayama Seinosuke)
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
Man Holding a Shield, Haniwa (Terracotta tomb figurine), Excavated at Wakamizutsuka Tumulus, Yabuzuka-cho, Ota-shi, Gunma, Kofun period, 6th century

  
The Niizawa Senzuka Tombs and Exchange with the Asian Continent
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 27, 2017 (Tue) - December 3, 2017 (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)
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)
Bronze Bowl,
From Shimadazuka Tumulus, Karatsu-shi, Saga, Kofun period, 6th century (Gift of Mr. Tanaka Wataji)

  
Ancient Swords with Inscriptions and the Society of the Kofun Period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 27, 2017 (Tue) - June 17, 2018 (Sun)

Including:
Iron Sword with Silver Inlay Inscription, Excavated at 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  June 27, 2017 (Tue) - December 3, 2017 (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)

  
Ancient Coins
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  July 4, 2017 (Tue) - July 1, 2018 (Sun)

Including:
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  July 4, 2017 (Tue) - December 25, 2017 (Mon)

Including:
Lid of Cinerary Urn of Ihokibe Tokotarihime, Excavated at Miyanoshita, Kokufu-cho, Tottori-shi, Tottori, Nara period, dated 710 (Important Cultural Property)
Epitaphs of Oharida no Yasumaro, Excavated at Tomb of Oharida Yasumaro, Tsugekoka-cho, Nara-shi, Nara, Nara period, dated 729 (Important Cultural Property)

  
Tiles with Buddhist Images
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  July 4, 2017 (Tue) - December 25, 2017 (Mon)

Including:
Tile with Image of Buddha Triad, Excavated at Minami Hokkeji Temple, Takatori-cho, Nara, Asuka period, 7th century (Important Cultural Property)
Tile with Buddha, Excavated at Kidera Site, Asuka-mura, Nara, Asuka period, 7th century
Tile with Image of Buddhist Divinity, Excavated at Minami Hokkeji Temple, Takatori-cho, Nara, Asuka period, 7th century (Important Cultural Property)
Mold for Tile with Image of Buddhist Divinity, Excavated at Yamadadera Temple Site, Sakurai-shi, Nara, Asuka period, 7th century

  
Inscribed Roof Tiles of Temples
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  July 4, 2017 (Tue) - December 25, 2017 (Mon)

Including:
Inscraied Roof, Tiles from the Ruin of Shimotsuke Yakushiji Temple, Nara period, 8th century (Gift of Mr. Tokugawa Yorisada)
Inscraied Roof, Tiles from the Ruin of Musashi Kokubuniji Temple, Nara period, 8th century (Gift of Mr. Nohara Haruyuki)
Inscraied Roof, Tiles from the Ruin of Onodera Temple, Nara period, 8th century (Gift of Mr. Nara Chuzaburo)

  
Sutra Mounds: Time Capsules for 5,670,000,000 Years
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  July 4, 2017 (Tue) - July 1, 2018 (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)
Outer Container for Sutra Case (Jar), Natural glaze and incised pattern; Atsumi ware, Atsumi ware, Excavated at Kinkeizan Sutra Mound, Hiraizumi-cho, Iwate, Heian period, 12th century (Gift of Mr. Saio Yasuo)
Bronze Sutra Case, From Kashioyama Sutra Mound, Katsunuma-cho, Koshu-shi, Yamanashi, Heian period, dated 1103 (Important Cultural Property)

  
Sutras Preserved inside Sutra Mounds: Tile, Stone, and Bronze Sutras
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  July 4, 2017 (Tue) - December 25, 2017 (Mon)

Including:
Tablets with Sutra Inscriptions, Clay, From Dainichiji Sutra Mound, Sakura, Kurayoshi-shi, Tottori, Heian period, dated 1071
Tablet with Sutra Inscriptions, Clay, Excavated from An'yoji Sutra Mound, Asabara, Kurashiki-shi, Okayama, Heian period, 12th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by An'yoji, Okayama)
Tablet with Sutra Inscriptions, Stone, Attributed provenance: Wakana Hachimangu shrine, Chikugo-shi, Fukuoka, Heian period, 12th century

  
Various Burial Objects Excavated from Sutra Mounds
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  July 4, 2017 (Tue) - December 25, 2017 (Mon)

Including:
Celadon Glazed Water Dropper in shape of Boy, Excavated from Kinugasajo Sutra Mound, Southern Song dynasty, 12th century

  
Earthenware Vessels Excavated from the Daimyo Residence in Edo
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  July 4, 2017 (Tue) - December 25, 2017 (Mon)

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  July 4, 2017 (Tue) - December 25, 2017 (Mon)

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 Genroku koban, Excavated off the coast of Katsuzaki, Okata, Oshima-machi, Tokyo, Edo period, 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 11, 2017 (Tue) - September 10, 2017 (Sun)

Constructed in the 5th century during the Kofun period (ca. 3rd–7th century), Noge Otsuka tumulus in Tokyo is shaped like a scallop and is 82 meters in length. A stone coffin, which was unearthed in 1897, and steatite models of objects used for rituals involving water and those associated with the production of goods were unearthed from this tumulus.

2nd floor: Special Exhibition Galleries

  
Special Exhibition Galleries  July 4, 2017 (Tue) - August 27, 2017 (Sun)

Commemorating the 130th year of diplomatic ties between Japan and Thailand, the two countries collaborated with concerted efforts on this exhibition. Throughout the long history of Thailand, Buddhism was closely tied with the people’s daily lives. A diverse Buddhist culture flourished, and extravagant works of fine and applied arts were produced. This exhibition gathers a choice selection of Buddhist art, together with treasures that are rarely exhibited outside the country, to introduce the role of Buddhism in the development of cultures in Thailand.

  
Special Exhibition Galleries  September 26, 2017 (Tue) - November 26, 2017 (Sun)

In Japan, no Buddhist sculptor is better known than Unkei. With his extraordinary artistic talent, he led a new era in sculptural expression, creating realistic works that appear before the viewer as though they were alive. For this Special Exhibition, Unkei’s masterpieces have been brought together from across Japan. These include works from Kohfukuji temple in Nara, with which he had close relations. In addition to presenting an overview of Unkei’s life as a sculptor, the origins of Unkei’s remarkable style and its transmission will also be explored through the inclusion of works by his father, Kokei, as well as his sons, Tankei and Koben.

  
Special Exhibition Galleries  January 16, 2018 (Tue) - March 11, 2018 (Sun)

Ninnaji, the head temple of the Omuro branch of the Shingon sect, was founded by the devotion of Emperor Koko in 886 (Ninna 2), and was completed under the following Emperor Uda in 888 (Ninna 4). Following generations of emperors became followers of the temple. Today, the temple is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as one of the “Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto.” This exhibition features treasures of Ninnaji, together with Buddhist sculptures and other precious artifacts preserved at temples of the Omuro branch.