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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  January 2, 2017 (Mon) - July 2, 2017 (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  December 6, 2016 (Tue) - June 4, 2017 (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  December 6, 2016 (Tue) - June 4, 2017 (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  December 6, 2016 (Tue) - June 4, 2017 (Sun)

Including:
Dotaku (Bell-shaped Bronze), Yayoi period, 1st - 3rd century
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 a 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  December 20, 2016 (Tue) - June 18, 2017 (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)
Jar, Haji earthenware, Excavated at Iwase Oyama Nekozuka Tumulus, Takamatsu-shi, Kagawa, Kofun period, 3rd - 4th century (Gift of Kagawa Prefecture)
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, 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  December 20, 2016 (Tue) - June 18, 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
Mirror, Mythical beast design,
Excavated from Yanai Chausuyama Tumulus, Oaza Yanai Mizuguchi, Yanai-shi, Yamaguchi, Kofun period, 4th century
Ceremonial Object in Shape of Staff, Jasper,
Provenance unknown, Kofun period, 4th century
Lidded Vessel, Jasper,
Excavated at Oyagatani Tumulus, Tarui-cho, Gifu, Kofun period, 4th - 5th century

  
Large Burial Mounds and the Increase in Metal Production
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  December 20, 2016 (Tue) - June 18, 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)
Beaked Helmet,
Excavated at Otsuka Tumulus, Chuo-shi, Yamanashi, Kofun period, 5th century
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
Vessel in The Shape of House, Sue Stoneware,
From Daidoji Tumulus, Musota, Wakayama-shi, Wakyama, Kofun period, 5th 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  December 20, 2016 (Tue) - June 18, 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)
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  December 20, 2016 (Tue) - June 18, 2017 (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  December 6, 2016 (Tue) - July 2, 2017 (Sun)

Including:
Cinerary Urn, Excavated at Fumi no Nemaro's Tomb, Yataki, Haibara-ku, Uda-shi, Nara, Asuka period, dated 707 (National Treasure)
Epitaph of Fumi no Nemaro,
Excavated at Fumi no Nemaro's Tomb, Yataki, Haibara-ku, Uda-shi, Nara, Asuka period, dated 707 (National Treasure)
Cinerary Urn,
From Kamori, Katsuragi-shi, Nara, Nara period, 8th century (Important Cultural Property)
Round Eave Tile, Design of Lotus flower,
From the ruins of Asuka-dera, Asuka-mura, Nara, Asuka period, 6 - 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  December 6, 2016 (Tue) - July 2, 2017 (Sun)

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  December 6, 2016 (Tue) - July 2, 2017 (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  December 6, 2016 (Tue) - July 2, 2017 (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)
Incense Burner in Shape of Lion, White glaze, Excavated at the premises of the Tokyo National Museum, Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Edo period, 17th century

1st floor: Japanese Archaeology (Thematic Exhibitions)

  
Daily Tools of the Jomon Period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  December 6, 2016 (Tue) - June 4, 2017 (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 7, 2017 (Tue) - June 11, 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:
Stem Cup with Diminutives, Kofun period, 6th century (Gift of Mr.Ichihashi Shinzaburo)
Horn-shaped Vessel, Excavated from Shishizuka Tumulus, Mihama-cho, Fukui, Kofun period, 6th century
Pouch-Shaped Flask, Sue Stoneware, From Gose-shi, Nara, Kofun period, 6th century (Gift of Mr. Yamanaka Sho)

  
Accessories and Objects for Prayer from the Jomon Period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  December 6, 2016 (Tue) - June 4, 2017 (Sun)

Including:
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

  
Dogu: Objects for Prayer from the Jomon Period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  December 6, 2016 (Tue) - June 4, 2017 (Sun)

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,
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  December 6, 2016 (Tue) - June 4, 2017 (Sun)

Including:
Wooden Hoe, From Nagasaki Site, Shimizu-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)
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  December 6, 2016 (Tue) - June 4, 2017 (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)

  
Bronze Ritual Implements of the Yayoi Period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  December 6, 2016 (Tue) - June 4, 2017 (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)
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  December 6, 2016 (Tue) - June 4, 2017 (Sun)

Including:
Fish-shaped Stone Fishing Gear (Gift of Mr. Tokugawa Yorisada)

  
Ancient Chinese Mirrors from Japanese Kofun Burial Mounds
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  January 2, 2017 (Mon) - June 25, 2017 (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, 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  January 2, 2017 (Mon) - June 25, 2017 (Sun)

Including:
Mirror, Phoenix Design, Excavated at Nasuhachimanzuka Tumulus, Nakagawa-machi, Tochigi, Kofun period, 4th century
Mirror, Divinity and Animal Design,
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)

  
Development of the Production of Beads and Jade Objects
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  January 2, 2017 (Mon) - June 25, 2017 (Sun)

Including:
Jade Magatama Beads, From, Kofun period, 4th - 5th century

  
Various Treasured Vessels
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  January 2, 2017 (Mon) - June 25, 2017 (Sun)

Including:
Litual Covered Bowl, Stone, From Nishikurumazuka Tumulus, Yawata-shi, Kyoto, Kofun period, 4th century
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  January 2, 2017 (Mon) - June 25, 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 Armament: Iron Arrowheads and their Decorative Features
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  January 2, 2017 (Mon) - June 25, 2017 (Sun)

Including:
Stone model of arrowhead, From site around Soja-machi, Maebashi-shi, Gunma

  
Rituals in the Kofun Period: Deity Worship in Eastern Japan
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  January 2, 2017 (Mon) - June 25, 2017 (Sun)

Including:
Magatama beads, Excavated at Sarunoko Site, Yuda, Bando-shi, Ibaraki, Kofun period, 5th - 6th century (Gift of Mr. Kimura Kiichi)
2 magatama beads
(Gift of Mr.Kimura Kiichi)
27 perforated plaques
(Gift of Mr.Kimura Kiichi)
Hand-molded vessels
(Gift of Mr.Kimura Kiichi)

  
Funerals of the Kofun Period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  January 2, 2017 (Mon) - June 25, 2017 (Sun)

Including:
Ritual Mirror, Stone, From, Kofun period, 5th - 6th century (Gift of Mr. Midorikawa Nagakuni)
Magatama bead with diminutives,
From site at Suwayama, Kutukake, Bantou-shi, Ibaraki (Gift of Mr.Tokugawa Yorisada)

  
Figural Haniwa Tomb Figurines and Funerary Rituals
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  January 2, 2017 (Mon) - July 2, 2017 (Sun)

Including:
House with Smaller Houses, Haniwa (Terracotta tomb ornament), Excavated at Saitobaru Burial Mounds, Saito-shi, Miyazaki, Kofun period, 5th century (Important Cultural Property)
House with Hipped and Gabled Roof Haniwa (Terracotta tomb ornament), Excavated at Tobi, Sakurai-shi, Nara, Kofun period, 5th century (Important Cultural Property)
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, Kofun period, 5th century

  
Development of Figural Haniwa Tomb Figurines
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  January 2, 2017 (Mon) - July 2, 2017 (Sun)

Including:
Warrior in Tanko Armor, Haniwa (Terracotta tomb figurine), Excavated at 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)
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
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  January 2, 2017 (Mon) - June 25, 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)
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  January 2, 2017 (Mon) - June 25, 2017 (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  January 2, 2017 (Mon) - June 25, 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)
Gilt Bronze Crown,
Excavated at Nihon matsuyama Tumulus, Eiheiji-cho, Yoshida-gun, Fukui, Kofun period, 5th century

  
Ancient Coins
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  December 6, 2016 (Tue) - July 2, 2017 (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 Writing and Officials of the Nara Period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  December 6, 2016 (Tue) - July 2, 2017 (Sun)

Including:
Seal, Belonged to Mikasa Troop, Excavated at Kokubu, Dazaifu-shi, Fukuoka, Nara period, 8th century (Important Cultural Property)
Seal, Belonged to Onga Troop,
Excavated at Kanzeonji Temple, Dazaifu-shi, Fukuoka, Nara period, 8th century (Important Cultural Property)
Seal,
Excavated at the Ruins of Nasu District Office, Nakagawa-machi, Tochigi, Heian period, 9th century (Important Cultural Property)
Bronze Seal With characters "Seal of Keisokuji Temple",
Provenance unknown, Heian period, 9th-10th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Keisokuji, Tochigi)
Round Ink Slab,
Excavated at Heijokyo Capital Site, Nara-shi, Nara period, 8th century (Lent by the Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, Nara)

  
Tiles with Buddhist Images
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  December 6, 2016 (Tue) - July 2, 2017 (Sun)

Including:
Green-glazed Tile, Wave design, Excavated at Hokkeji-cho, Nara-shi, Nara period, 8th century
Tile with Image of Buddha Triad,
Excavated at Minami Hokkeji Temple, Takatori-cho, Nara, Asuka period, 7th century (Important Cultural Property)
Tile with Image of Buddhist Divinity,
Excavated at Minami Hokkeji Temple, Takatori-cho, Nara, Asuka period, 7th century (Important Cultural Property)
Tile with Image of Buddhist Divinity,
Excavated at Kariyado Temple (nonextant), Shirakawa-shi, Fukushima, Asuka period, 7th century (Important Art Object, Gift of Mr. Katori Hozuma)
Mold for Tile with Image of Buddhist Divinity,
Excavated at Tachibanadera Temple, Asuka-mura, Nara, Asuka period, 7th century

  
Treasures Preserved at an Ancient Temple: Objects Excavated from the Ruins of Shuzan Temple, Kyoto
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  December 6, 2016 (Tue) - July 2, 2017 (Sun)

Including:
Mirror, Sea beast and grape design, Excavated at Shuzan Temple (nonextant) Site, Keihoku Shuzan-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, Asuka-Nara period, 7 - 8th century
Tongue of Wind Bell,
Excavated at Shuzan Temple (nonextant) Site, Keihoku Shuzan-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, Asuka-Heian period, 6th - 12th century
Fragments of Gold Leaf,
Excavated at Shuzan Temple (nonextant) Site, Keihoku Shuzan-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, Asuka-Heian period, 6th - 12th century

  
Sutra Mounds: Time Capsules for 5,670,000,000 Years
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  December 6, 2016 (Tue) - July 2, 2017 (Sun)

Including:
Container for Sutra Case, Excavated at Kumano Hongu Sutra Mound, Sonaezaki, Hongu-cho, Tanabe-shi, Wakayama, Heian period, dated 1121
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)
Sutra Case,
Excavated at Tojoji Temple Sutra Mound, Tsuchiura-shi, Ibaraki, Heian period, dated 1122
Sutra Case,
Excavated at Shimo'oka Sutra Mound, Osumi-cho, So'o-shi, Kagoshima, Heian period, dated 1105
Sutra Case,
Excavated at Hatogamine, Yawata-shi, Kyoto, Heian period, dated 1116

  
Sutras Preserved inside Sutra Mounds: Paper Sutras and Related Objects
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  December 6, 2016 (Tue) - July 2, 2017 (Sun)

Including:
Lotus Sutra, Excavated at Tojoji Temple Sutra Mound, Tsuchiura-shi, Ibaraki, Heian period, 12th century
Fragments of Sutra Scrolls,
Excavated at Berayama Sutra Mound, Kanayamadani, Moritsune, Kokura Minami-ku, Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka, Heian period, 12th century (Gift of Mr. Kimura Umakichi)
Receipt Acknowledging Dedicated Sutra Inscriptions,
Excavated at Kyogatsuka Sutra Mound, Nakanosho-cho, Nara-shi, Edo period, dated 1653-1654
Receipt Acknowledging Dedicated Sutra Inscriptions,
Excavated at Kyogatsuka Sutra Mound, Nakanosho-cho, Nara-shi, Edo period, dated 1654-1655

  
Sutras Preserved inside Sutra Mounds: Tile, Stone, and Bronze Sutras
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  December 6, 2016 (Tue) - July 2, 2017 (Sun)

Including:
Tablet with Sutra Inscriptions, Excavated at Komachizuka Sutra Mound, Tanga, Uraguchi-cho, Ise-shi, Mie, Heian period, dated 1174 (Important Cultural Property)

  
Toys from the Edo Period: Clay Pieces for the Menko Game and Clay Figurines
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  December 6, 2016 (Tue) - July 2, 2017 (Sun)

Including:
Men'uchi Game Pieces, Provenance unknown, Edo period, 17th - 19th century
Mold for Men'uchi Game Pieces, Provenance unknown, Edo period, 17th - 19th century (Gift of Mr. Goto Shuichi)
Clay Figurine,
Excavated at Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Edo period, 17th - 19th century

  
Gold Coins Unearthed in Edo
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  December 6, 2016 (Tue) - July 2, 2017 (Sun)

Gold coins from the site of a Mintage.

Including:
Keicho Koban, Excavated at Ginza 6-chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Azuchi-Momoyama - Edo period, 16th - 17th century
Shotoku Koban,
Excavated at Ginza 6-chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Edo period, 18th century
Kyoho Koban,
Excavated at Ginza 6-chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Edo period, 18th century
Keicho Ichibukin,
Gold coin, Excavated at Ginza 6-chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Azuchi-Momoyama - Edo period, 16th - 17th century
Kenji Ichibukin,
Gold coin, Excavated at Ginza 6-chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Edo period, 18th century
Kyoho Ichibukin,
Gold coin, Excavated at Ginza 6-chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Edo period, 18th century

1st floor

  
Thematic Exhibition Room  April 25, 2017 (Tue) - June 4, 2017 (Sun)

This thematic exhibition on the pheasant family of birds is organized jointly by three institutions in Ueno Park: Tokyo National Museum, the National Museum of Nature and Science, and the Ueno Zoological Gardens. Images of the pheasant family of birds – peacocks in particular – were introduced to Japan from India. Moreover, Chinese phoenixes, which are imaginary creatures, are thought to have been created based on these kind of birds. We invite you to experience some unusual “bird watching” in our gallery.
 

2nd floor: Special Exhibition Galleries

  
Special Exhibition Galleries  April 11, 2017 (Tue) - June 4, 2017 (Sun)

This major exhibition will focus on how the arts of the tea ceremony evolved from the Muromachi period to modernity. This will be the largest exhibition of its kind since Arts of the Tea Ceremony, which was held at Tokyo National Museum in 1980. We hope that visitors, by witnessing masterpieces of the tea ceremony from various historical periods, and attuning themselves to the sensibilities of the people who used them, will be able to experience the “Essence of Japan.”

  
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 in 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.