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The original Main Gallery (designed by the British architect Josiah Conder) was severely damaged in the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923. In contrast to western style of the original structure, the design of the present Honkan by Watanabe Jin is the more eastern "Emperor's Crown Style." Construction began in 1932, and the building was opened in 1938.
24 exhibition rooms on two floors provide a thorough introduction into Japanese art: "Highlights of Japanese Art" on the second floor introduces the development of Japanese art from Jomon through to the Edo period in a chronological manner, and genre galleries presenting specific rooms displaying ceramics, swords, lacquerwares, sculptures, modern decorative arts as well as the material culture of Ainu and Ryukyu are located on the first floor.

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2nd floor "Highlights of Japanese Art"

The Dawn of Japanese Art: Jomon, Yayoi and Kofun periods
Room 1  December 9, 2014 (Tue) - May 10, 2015 (Sun)

The Jomon culture began around 12,000 years ago. Earthenware vessels of this age with various motifs and styles are the starting point of "Highlights of Japanese Art." In the Yayoi period (450 B.C.- A.D. 250), pottery with a simplistic yet refined beauty and dotaku bell-shaped bronzes were prominent. Typical objects from the Kofun period (A.D. 250-600), such as haji, sue wares and haniwa figurines, as well as mirrors, arms and armor, saddlery, and accessory, which expresses the essence of metal and glass craftsmanship, are also featured.

Current exhibit includes:
Deep Bowl with Flame-like Ornamentation, Attributed provenance: Umataka, Nagaoka-shi, Niigata, Jomon period, 3000 - 2000 BC
Dancing People, Haniwa (Terracotta Tomb Figurine), From Nohara Tumulus, Miyawaki, Nohara, Kumagaya-shi, Saitama, Kofun period, 6th century
Dogu (Clay figurine) with Goggle-shaped Eyes, From Kamegaoka, Kizukuri, Tsugaru-shi, Aomori, Jomon period, 1000 - 400 BC (Important Cultural Property)
Dotaku (Bell-shaped bronze), From Kashio Yubune, Iga-shi, Mie, Yayoi period, 1st - 3rd century
Glass Bowl, Attributed provenance: Tomb of the Emperor Ankan, Habikino-shi, Osaka, Kofun period, 6th century (Important Cultural Property, Gift of Club Kansai)
Mirror, Human figure design,  Passed down at Suda Hachiman Jinja, Hashimoto-shi, Wakayama, Kofun period, 5th - 6th century (National Treasure)
Gilt Bronze Horse Bit, Excavated from Kenzaki Otsuka, Takasaki-shi, Gunma, Kofun period, 6th century (Gift of Provisional Water Supply Department, Takasaki City)
Footed Stand with VesselsSue stoneware, From Hosojinzuka Tumulus, Miyagawa, Chino-shi, Nagano, Kofun period, 6th century (Important Art Object, Gift of Mr. Gomi Kenzo)

The Rise of Buddhism: Asuka - Nara period
Room 1  April 7, 2015 (Tue) - May 17, 2015 (Sun)

In the mid-6th century, Buddhism was officially introduced into Japan from the kingdom of Baekje on the southeastern coast of the Korean peninsula. Japanese culture made a remarkable progress with the adoption of Buddhism. This gallery features early Buddhist statues, sutras, reliquaries, and ritual implements from the Asuka and Nara periods.

Current exhibit includes:
Bussetsu miroku jobutsu kyo Sutra, Nara period, dated 730
Ritual Objects Used to Consecrate Site of Kohfukuji Temple, Excavated from under altar of Main Hall at Kohfukuji, Nara, Nara period, 8th century (National Treasure)
Reliquary, Excavated from former Mishima Temple site at Oda, Ibaraki-shi, Osaka, Nara period, 8th century (Important Cultural Property, Gift of Mr. Ota Jisaburo and Mr. Hirano Sutejiro)

Room 2  April 14, 2015 (Tue) - May 10, 2015 (Sun)

This room is specially designed for the comfortable viewing of masterpieces in a tranquil setting. With each rotation, one exceptional work of painting or calligraphy designated as National Treasure will be presented. The selections come from the Museum's collection or works that are on loan to the Museum.

On Exhibit:
Narrative Picture Scroll of the Chronicle of the Heiji Civil War: The Removal of the Imperial Family to Rokuhara, Kamakura period, 13th century (National Treasure, Gift of Mr. Matsudaira Naoaki)

Buddhist Art: Heian - Muromachi period
Room 3  April 7, 2015 (Tue) - May 17, 2015 (Sun)

Buddhist art is one of the major genres that define Japanese art. Many masterworks date from the late Heian period, a time characterized as classical in Japanese art history. After the Kamakura period, Buddhist art further developed in its materials, methods, and styles as Zen schools and other new Buddhist schools emerged, together with the influence from the Chinese arts. This exhibit features artworks from the Heian to Kamakura periods, when Buddhist art most flourished, adding siginificant objects from the Nanbokucho and Muromachi periods.

Current exhibit includes:
Thousand-armed Kannon (Avalokitesvara) and Twenty-eight Attendants, Kamakura period, 13th century, (Gift of Mr. Hirota Matsushige)
Sixteen Arhats: First Arhat, Kamakura period, 14th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Reiunji, Tokyo)
Legends about the Origin of Shidoji Temple, Vol. 5, Kamakura period, 14th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Shidoji, Kagawa)
Record of "Kiuho" Ceremony for Bringing Rain, By Shoken, Heian period, dated 1191 (Important Cultural Property)
Hokyoin darani kyo Sutra, Heian period, 12th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Kongoji, Osaka)
Pendent Plaque with Image of Sansho Gongen, Kamakura period, dated 1249 (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Gandenji, Nagano)

Courtly Art: Heian - Muromachi period
Room 3  April 7, 2015 (Tue) - May 17, 2015 (Sun)

The courtiers were strongly involved in the arts through the Heian and Muromachi periods, their aesthetic tastes playing a great role in Japanese art history. Literature works such as waka poems and other calligraphy written by courtiers, and e-maki narrative picture scrolls are displayed in this room with decorative art objects.

Current exhibit includes:
Pine Trees on Seashore, Muromachi period, 16th century (Important Cultural Property)
Album of Exemplary Calligraphy Consisting of Ancient WritingsKnown as "Gosen", Nara - Edo period, 8th - 19th century

Zen and Ink Painting: Kamakura - Muromachi period
Room 3  April 7, 2015 (Tue) - May 17, 2015 (Sun)

This gallery features works by famous artists of the landscape-painting genre, along with famous works of bokuseki (calligraphy by Zen priests).

Current exhibit includes:
Writing Giving Clue to Zen Enlightenment, By Sekishitsu Zenkyu, Nanbokucho period, dated 1363 (Important Cultural Property, Gift of Mr. Matsunaga Yasuzaemon)
Landscapes of the Four Seasons, Attributed to Shubun, Muromachi period, 15th century (Important Cultural Property)

The Art of Tea Ceremony
Room 4  January 27, 2015 (Tue) - April 19, 2015 (Sun)

This gallery highlights the way of tea through its various art works such as paintings and calligraphy, vases, vessels for kaiseki meals, kettles, tea caddies, and tea bowls.

Current exhibit includes:
Tea Bowl, Known as "Hashihime" (bridge maiden), Mino ware, Shino type, Azuchi-Momoyama - Edo period, 16th - 17th century (Gift of Mr. Matsunaga Yasuzaemon)
Tea Caddy, Known as "Odaimyo", Mino ware, Edo period, 17th century (Gift of Mrs. Shiobara Chiyo)
Poems, By Emperor Goyozei, Azuchi-Momoyama period, 17th century (Important Art Object, Gift of Mrs. Ota Matsuko)
Tea Bowl in Shape of Shoe, Known as "Kakutaro", Mino ware, Kuro-oribe type, Edo period, 17th century (Gift of Mr. Matsunaga Yasuzaemon)

Attire of the Military Elite: Heian - Edo period
Room 5 & 6  February 24, 2015 (Tue) - May 17, 2015 (Sun)

Beginning with the sword which is the most important possession of a samurai, this gallery focuses on arms and armor, saddlery, attire of the warriors as well as their portraits and hand-writings.

Current exhibit includes:
Domaru Type Armor, With black leather lacing in katatsumadori style, Muromachi period, 15th century (Important Cultural Property)
Hyogogusari-no-tachi Style Sword Mounting, Peony design, fuchigashira (cap and collar of sword hilt) cover with lion design, Kamakura period, 13th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Niutsuhime Jinja, Wakayama)
Haramaki Type Armor, With black leather lacing in katasusodori style, Muromachi period, 15th century (Important Cultural Property)

Folding Screens and Sliding Door Paintings: Azuchi-Momoyama - Edo period
Room 7  March 10, 2015 (Tue) - April 19, 2015 (Sun)

This gallery is dedicated to the genre of shohei-ga, which includes mural paintings, fusuma paintings and byobu paintings. The room is especially designed for an effective display of grand-scale paintings.

Current exhibit includes:
Cherry Trees and Kerria Plants, By Tawaraya Sotatsu, Edo period, 17th century (Gift of Mr. Tazawa Fusataro)

Room 8 & Room 11  April 21, 2015 (Tue) - May 10, 2015 (Sun)

This exhibition introduces 45 objects from among those newly designated National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties in 2015.
Exhibit includes:
Standing Kokuuzou Bosatsu (Akasagarbha),Wood, Heian Period, 9th Century (National Treasure, Lent by Daigo-ji Temple, Kyoto)
Seated Miroku Butsu (Maitreya),Wood,
Heian Period, 9th Century (National Treasure, Lent by Todai-ji Temple, Nara)
 Fragmentary Piece of "Yamai no Soshi" (Diseases and Deformities),
Kamakura Period, 12th Century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Kyushu National Museum)
Bowl with Openwork and Tatsutagawa Design,
Edo Period, 18th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Okada Museum of Art, Kanagawa)
Poems for the Celebration of Completed Shin kokin wakashu Poetry Anthology,
Kamakura Period, 13th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Yokohama City University, Kanagawa)
Written Governmental Instruction by Minbu sho,
Heian Period, dated 926 (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Nara National Museum)
Dogu Clay Figurine Excavated from Sakaue Site,Nagano,
Jomon Era, 30 ‐20th c,BC. (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Fujimi Town Nagano)
Original Glass Plates of Mural Paintings in the Main Hall of Horyuji Temple,
Showa period, 20century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Horyuji temple, Nara)

The Arts of Daily Life: Azuchi-Momoyama - Edo period
Room 8  February 24, 2015 (Tue) - April 19, 2015 (Sun)

The maturing of Japanese culture supported by the military and commoner classes continued throughout the Azuchi-Momoyama and Edo periods. This gallery introduces the craft of interior furnishings and daily utensils that adorned the life of the people during these periods.

Current exhibit includes:
Raised Dining Tray, Drooping cherry design in lacquer painting, Edo period, 18th century
Junihitoe (Formal garment of high-ranking court lady) For naishi no suke rank, Edo period, 19th century
Kakeshita-Obi Sash, Wave and anchor design on light blue satin ground, Reportedly worn by Teikyo'in (Tanehime Satoko), wife of Harutomi, the 10th head of Kishu-Tokugawa clan, Edo period, 19th century
Sake Ewer in Shape of Gourd, By Funada Ikkin, Edo period, dated 1843
Large Dish, Cherry blossom and eagle design in overglaze enamel, Imari ware, Edo period, 18th century (Gift of Mr. Kase Reiji)
Dish, Flower and raft design in overglaze enamel, Nabeshima ware, Edo period, 18th century

Developments in Painting and Calligraphy: Azuchi-Momoyama - Edo period
Room 8  March 10, 2015 (Tue) - April 19, 2015 (Sun)

This gallery introduces the dynamic and multi-faceted world of paintings and calligraphy from the Azuchi-Momoyama to the Edo period.

Current exhibit includes:
Cherry Tree and Spring Plants, By Ogata Kenzan (1663-1743), Edo period, 18th century, (Gift of Mrs. Yamamoto Tomiko and Mr. Yamamoto Kenji)
Poems on the Twelve Months with Illustrations Vol.1,
By Tosa Mitsuoki (1617-91), Edo period, 17th century
Waka Poems,
By Konoe Nobutada (1565-1614), Azuchi-Momoyama period, 17th century
Waka Poem,
By Emperor Reigen (1654-1732), Edo period, 17th century, (Important Art Object, Private collection)
By Emperor Sakuramachi (1720-50), Edo period, 18th century, (Important Art Object, Private collection)

Noh and Kabuki: Costumes of the Kabuki Theater
Room 9  March 17, 2015 (Tue) - May 17, 2015 (Sun)

Kabuki theater was one of the major entertainments enjoyed by common people of the Edo period (1603-1868). Women of the day admired kabuki actors and even copied their fashions.

Current exhibit includes:
Furisode (Garment with long sleeves), Weeping cherry tree design on light blue satin ground, Formerly worn by Bando Mitsue, Edo period, 19th century (Gift of Ms. Takagi Kiyo)
Furisode (Garment with long sleeves), Cherry blossom and stream design on red chirimen crepe ground, Formerly worn by Bando Mitsue, Edo period, 19th century (Gift of Ms. Takagi Kiyo)

Ukiyo-e and Fashion in the Edo Period: Ukiyo-e
Room 10  April 14, 2015 (Tue) - May 10, 2015 (Sun)

Kerria, like cherry blossoms, bloom in the spring. They were a favorite motif in ukiyo-e, a genre that valued references to the four seasons. Following our previous exhibition of cherry blossom-themed works, this one will feature depictions of the “Ide no Tamagawa” river in Kyoto, which was associated with its kerria, as well as “bird and flower” prints by Utagawa Hiroshige (1797–1858) that include this plant. In connection with a seasonal festival for boys, prints of heroic samurai and the legendary boy Kintaro, who possessed supernatural strength, will also be displayed.

Current exhibit includes:
By the Kerria Blossoms, By Suzuki Harunobu, Edo period, 18th century
Yamanba and Kintaro: Holding a Chestnut Sprig, By Kitagawa Utamaro, Edo period, 19th century
Watanabe no Gengo Tsuna and Inokuma Nyudo Raiun, By Katsushika Hokusai, Edo period, 19th century

Ukiyo-e and Fashion in the Edo Period: Fashion
Room 10  March 17, 2015 (Tue) - May 17, 2015 (Sun)

Introduces the fashion of the Edo period townspeople. Enjoy comparing with the ukiyo-e works exhibited in the same room.

Current exhibit includes:
Kosode (Garment with small wrist openings), Scoop net design on white figured satin ground, Edo period, 17th century
Kosode (Garment with small wrist openings), Snowflake and yellow rose design on particolored figured twill, Edo period, 18th century
Inro (Medicine case)Wave and sparrow design in maki-e lacquer, Edo period, 19th century

2nd floor

Netsuke: The Prince Takamado Collection
Netsuke: The Prince Takamado Collection  February 24, 2015 (Tue) - May 10, 2015 (Sun)

Daruma, Hosen Miyazawa, 1998
Kappa, By Kenji Abe, 1986
Angel's Tears, [ojime] Cheese, By Kozan Fukuyama, 2001
Winter Sparrow, By Shizuka Kimura, 1998
Belling the Cat, By Susan Wraight, 2001

Room T2  April 7, 2015 (Tue) - May 17, 2015 (Sun)

Elephant-themed artworks created in Asian countries including Japan have been brought together for this exhibition. The unique elephants on display all look cheerful in their own ways, as if they were about to start sauntering rhythmically. We hope that visitors will enjoy this parade of elephants.

Current exhibit includes:
Gyodo Mask: Gobujogoten, Kamakura period, 14th century
Elephant-shaped Vessel,
Dark brown glaze, Khmer, Angkor period, 12th - 13th century
Elephant-shaped Incense Burner,
Design in overglaze enamel and gold, By Togo Jukatsu, Meiji era, 19th century
Netsuke, Elephant design,
Edo period, 19th century

1st floor

Japanese Sculpture
Room 11  February 24, 2015 (Tue) - May 10, 2015 (Sun)

This gallery introduces the history of sculptural art in Japan through prototypical wood-sculptures featuring examples dating from the Heian and Kamakura periods, the zenith of Japanese sculpture.

Current exhibit includes:
Standing Juichimen Kannon Bosatsu (Ekadasamukha), Heian period, 9th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Akishinodera, Nara, On exhibit through April 19, 2015)
Standing Sho Kannon Bosatsu (Arya Avalokitesvara), Heian period, 9th - 10th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Kanshinji, Osaka)
Standing Fudo Myo'o (Acalanatha), Heian period, 11th century (Important Cultural Property)
Standing Komoku Ten (Virupaksa), Heian period, 9th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Shojoji, Fukushima, On exhibit through April 19, 2015)

Room 12  February 10, 2015 (Tue) - May 6, 2015 (Wed)

Features maki-e works from Heian to Edo period. The exhibit shows the history and beauty of maki-e, a unique lacquerwork method that developed in Japan.

Current exhibition includes:
Writing Box, Mount Hira design in maki-e lacquer, By Shiomi Masanari, Edo period, 18th century (Important Cultural Property)
Writing Box, Pontoon bridge design in maki-e lacquer, By Hon'ami Koetsu, Edo period, 17th century (National Treasure)
Box for Priest's Vestment, Mount Penglai (Horai) design in maki-e lacquer, Treasures from Horyu-ji, Heian period, 12th century (Important Cultural Property)
Writing Box, Mount Hatsuse design in maki-e lacquer, Muromachi - Azuchi-Momoyama period, 16th century (Important Cultural Property)

Metalwork: Essential Items for Buddhist Monks
Room 13  February 10, 2015 (Tue) - May 6, 2015 (Wed)

There are certain items that monks were required to have for monastic life and their pursuit of the Buddhist path. In Japan, these had been prescribed by the Nara period in the 8th century as sets of six or eighteen particular objects. They consisted of implements for burning incense, dishes for food and drink, items for pilgrimages, as well as those for storage. This exhibition will focus on well-known objects including incense burners with handles, water pitchers, priest's staffs, decorated boxes used in ceremonies, and portable chests that were carried by mountain ascetics. Visitors are invited to become familiar with these objects while enjoying their varied artistic forms, which were made possible by the metalworking techniques of forging, shaping, and carving.

Current exhibit includes:
Flower Basket, Auspicious floral arabesque design in openwork, Heian period, 12th century (National Treasure, Lent by Jinshoji, Shiga)
Priest's Staff Finial , Heian period, dated 1142 (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Tesshuji, Shizuoka)
Travelling Monk's Portable Chest, Muromachi period, dated 1430 (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Jikomyoin, Yamagata)

Japanese Swords
Room 13  February 17, 2015 (Tue) - May 10, 2015 (Sun)

Exhibits selected swords and sword-fittings from the Heian to Edo periods, including the Tachi Sword by Kunimitsu.
Current exhibit includes:
Tachi Sword, By Kunimitsu, Kamakura period, dated 1327 (National Treasure)
Tachi Sword, Known as "Koryu Kagemitsu", By Kagemitsu, Kamakura period, dated 1322 (National Treasure)
Tanto Sword, By Kunihiro, Kamakura period, dated 1324 (Important Cultural Property)

Room 13  February 17, 2015 (Tue) - May 10, 2015 (Sun)

From Japan's first glazed ceramics of the Nara period to the various wares of the late Edo period, the exhibits will introduce the history of Japanese ceramics through masterworks according to time period and production sites.

Current exhibit includes:
Water Jar, Peony design in overglaze enamel, Studio of Ninsei, Edo period, 17th century (Important Cultural Property, Gift of Empress Dowager Shoken)
Tea Leaf Jar, Moon and plum design in overglaze enamel, Studio of Ninsei, Edo period, 17th century (Important Cultural Property)
Bowl with Arched Handle, Cherry blossom design in overglaze enamel and openwork, Kyoto ware, Edo period, 18th century
Bowl, Cherry tree design in openwork and overglaze enamel , By Ninnami Dohachi, Edo period, 19th century (On exhibit from March 17, 2015)
Bowl, Cherry blossom and maple design in overglaze enamel, By Ninnami Dohachi, Edo period, 19th century (Important Art Object, Private collection)
Sake Bottle, Cherry blossom and stream design in overglaze enamel, Imari ware, Edo period, 17th century (Gift of Mr. Hirota Matsushige)
Large Dish, Cherry blossom and figure design in overglaze enamel, Imari ware, Edo period, 18th century

Room 14  April 7, 2015 (Tue) - July 5, 2015 (Sun)

This exhibition is the first ever to display fragments of the armor that were removed during restoration, Ataka’s records, and sketches of the armor from before restoration. With the addition of the aforementioned Haramaki Type Armor, which was restored in 1856 following the example set by Armor with White Lacing, visitors will be introduced to these model restorations of the Edo period.

Records of History
Room 15  February 24, 2015 (Tue) - April 19, 2015 (Sun)

Tokyo National Museum includes a large collection of historical objects and documents. This collection began with objects previously owned by the Edo shogunate government. From the museum's establishment in 1872 (Meiji 5) onward, the collection grew through the holding of exhibitions as well as surveys of cultural properties. This exhibition room mainly displays a wide range of historical materials. These include illustrated catalogues created for natural history research-a field of study that flourished in the Edo period (1603-1868)-old maps produced in the Edo period and Meiji era (1868-1912), as well as illustrations and documents on diverse subjects such as the practices of the imperial court and warrior families, annual events, customs, Japanese literature, and medicine. In addition, there is a vast collection of old photographs from the end of the Edo period and Meiji era onward. Some of these photographs are introduced in this exhibition room to show aspects of former times, such as exhibitions, sceneries, people and cultural properties.

Current exhibit includes:
Map of Izu Province, Edo period, 19th century
Model of Tea Room at Shinju'an, Subtemple of Daitokuji, Edo period, 19th century
Road Map, From Mito to SakuraNijuku: Tokuganji, Soneiji, Guhoji, Kokubunji; Sakurado Yawata: Hokekyoji, Funabashi Daijingu, Edo period, dated 1806 (Important Cultural Property)

Ainu and Ryuku: The Prayers of the Ainu People
Room 16  March 17, 2015 (Tue) - June 21, 2015 (Sun)

This exhibition features items used by the Ainu people, including ritual implements, together with clothes and tools used in everyday life, giving us an insight into the ways in which the Northern people prayed to their gods.

Current exhibit includes:
Sea Turtle Skull (To pray for successful fishing), Hokkaido Ainu, 19th century
Sash for Shrine Maiden, Sakhalin Ainu, 19th century (Gift of the Hokkaido Administration Office)
Ritual Hoe-shaped Crest, Hokkaido Ainu, From Sakurayama, Kakuta, Kuriyama-cho, Hokkaido, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Oda Katsukichi and Mr. Izumi Rintaro)
Coat, Hokkaido Ainu, 19th century
Trade Ceremony between Ainu and Japanese, By Hirasawa Byozan, Dated 1871 (Private collection)
"Sending off the Bear's Spirit" Ceremony, By Hirasawa Byozan, Meiji era, dated 1871 (Private collection)

Conservation and Restoration
Room 17  April 15, 2014 (Tue) - April 10, 2016 (Sun)

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The preservation and conservation of cultural properties are essential aspects of our Museum's mission. From this point of view, this room features object research and examination, environmental maintenance of storage and exhibition rooms, and conservation procedures applied in accordance to materials and conditions of the objects.

Modern Art
Room 18  March 17, 2015 (Tue) - April 19, 2015 (Sun)

This gallery features paintings and sculptures from the Meiji to Taisho period. Since it first opened in 1872 as the exposition venue of the Ministry of Education, Tokyo National Museum has collected important artworks that signify the development of modern Japanese art. The exhibit consists of selected works from the collection.

Current exhibit includes:
Budding Forth, By Hayami Gyoshu, Dated 1912
Portrait of Madame H, By Wada Eisaku, Dated 1911 (Gift of Mr. Hatano Mototake)
Brahmin, By Hirakushi Denchu, Dated 1917
Large Vase, Plum tree design in underglaze iron brown under yellow glaze, By Miyagawa Kozan I, Dated 1892 (Important Cultural Property, Gift of Japan Delegate Office for World's Columbian Exposition)
Two Tigers on Rock, By Suzuki Chokichi, Dated 1900

Education Center: Education Space
Room 19  April 15, 2014 (Tue) - April 10, 2016 (Sun)

Designing at TNM
Exploring The TNM Collection
Making at TNM
Searching for National Treasures at TNM
Touching TNM

Room 19  April 7, 2015 (Tue) - September 23, 2015 (Wed)

The original hanging scroll was painted in the 14th century during the Kamakura period. Models in this exhibition demonstrate the production process in five stages, using pigments similar to those in the original. Materials used for the golden decorationare also introduced.
These models aim to faithfully demonstrate the techniques used to produce the original painting. Through looking at the original work closely with the help of the models, we hope visitors will gain a deeper understanding of Japanese Buddhist painting.