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Toyokan was reopened on January 2, 2013. The galleries feature art and artifacts from regions including China, Korea, Southeast Asia, Central Asia, India, and Egypt.

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Toyokan Room 8 will be closed for maintenance work on October 24 - October 31, 2016

 

 


1st floor

  
Chinese Buddhist Sculpture
Room 1  April 12, 2016 (Tue) - April 9, 2017 (Sun)

This section mainly features stone or gilt bronze Buddhist statues from about the 6th to the 8th century. The statues on display present the exquisite form of sculptures from the golden era of Buddhist statues in China.

Current exhibit includes:
Seated Buddha, Sixteen Kingdoms period, 4th century (On exhibit through August 28, 2016; On exhibit from February 28, 2017)
Standing Mahasthamaprapta,
Sui dynasty, 6th century (Important Cultural Property, On exhibit through August 28, 2016; On exhibit from February 28, 2017)
Seated Bodhisattva with One Leg Pendent and Four Attendants,
Northern Qi dynasty, 6th century (On exhibit through August 28, 2016; On exhibit from February 28, 2017)
Standing Bodhisattva,
Tang dynasty, 7th-8th century (Shanghai Museum, On exhibit from August 30, 2016 through February 26, 2017)
Ekadasamukha in a Niche,
Tang dynasty, 8th century (Important Cultural Property, Gift of Mr. Hosokawa Moritatsu)

2nd floor

  
Oasis2 Education Space: Journey Information
Room 2  January 2, 2016 (Sat) - December 23, 2016 (Fri)

Introducing various journeys with images

  
Large Dry Lacquer Vessel
Room 2  April 12, 2016 (Tue) - April 9, 2017 (Sun)

Large Dry Lacquer Vessel, Attributed provenance: Hui County, Henan Province, China, Warring States period, 5th-3rd century BC (Important Art Object, Lent by the OKURA MUSEUM OF ART, Tokyo)

  
Sculptures from India and Gandhara
Room 3  June 21, 2016 (Tue) - December 23, 2016 (Fri)

This part mainly features Buddhist statues from Gandhara (northwestern Pakistan) and Mathura (northern, central India) from the 2nd to the 5th century. The wide variety of sculptures on display is a notable feature.

Current exhibit includes:
Seated Buddha, Kushan dynasty, 2nd-3rd century
Stupa-shaped Container for Sarira (Buddhist relics),
Kushan dynasty, 3rd century
Worshipping of the Bowl and Cross-legged Bodhisattvas,
3rd-4th century (Gift of Ms. Yano Tsuruko)
Head of Bodhisattva,
Kushan dynasty, 3rd century

  
Art of the Western Regions
Room 3  July 12, 2016 (Tue) - August 28, 2016 (Sun)

This part introduces art of the Western Regions (Central Asia) from about the 1st to the 10th century, with a focus on Buddhist art. The highlight of this part is the rich variety of works with high artistic and historical significance.

Current exhibit includes:
Jivamjivaka (Legendary bird), Otani collection, 5th century
Square Tile, Lotus flower design,
Otani collection, Tang dynasty, 8th century
Semi-circular Decorative Element,
Collected at Xi'an, ChinaOtani collection, Tang dynasty-Five Dynasties period, 9th-10th century
Head of Buddha,
Khotan, ChinaOtani collection, 3rd-4th century
Scene of Buddhist Sermon from Mural Painting,
Otani collection, Gaochang Uighur period, 10th-11th century

  
Artifacts from West Asia and Egypt
Room 3  July 12, 2016 (Tue) - September 25, 2016 (Sun)

This part intrduces artifacts from West Asia and Egypt, known as the cradle of the earliest civilization.

Current exhibit includes:
Necklace Fragments, Excavated at Mycenae, Greece, 14th century BC (Private collection)
Copper Foundation Peg with a God's Figurine,
Excavated in southern Iraq, Sumerian Early Dynastic period, 25th-24th century BC
Mummy of Pasherienptah,
Excavated at Thebes, Egypt, 22nd dynasty, ca. 945-730 BC (Gift of Egyptian Department of Antiquities)
Standing Man,
Formerly owned by Somerset Maugham, Cypro-Archaic period, 6th century BC (Gift of Mr. Michael Xilas and Mrs. Vicky Xilas)
Large Jar, Blue glaze,
Excavated in Iran, Islamic period, 13th-14th century

3rd floor

  
The Advent of Chinese Civilization
Room 4  April 26, 2016 (Tue) - August 21, 2016 (Sun)

This section focuses on pottery and jade objects from about 3000 BC to AD 200. The items on display present the beauty that ancient Chinese people pursued in the form and color of pottery, as well as the characteristic luster of jade.

Current exhibit includes:
Painted Pottery Short-necked Jar, Excavated in Gansu or Qinghai province, China, Majiayao culture, ca. 2600-2300 BC
Red Pottery Li Cooking Vessel, Excavated at Chifeng, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China, Western Zhou dynasty-Spring and Autumn period, 9th-7th century BC
Oracle Bones, Excavated at Yinxu, Anyang, Henan province, China, Shang dynasty, 13th-11th century BC
Jade Axe, Neolithic period, 3rd millennium BC
Jade Bi OrnamentDragon design, Warring States period-Western Han dynasty, 4th-2nd century BC
Jar in Shape of Duck, Excavated at Chifeng, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China, Western Han dynasty, 1st century BC-1st century AD

 

  
Chinese Bronzes
Room 5  May 10, 2016 (Tue) - August 28, 2016 (Sun)

This part focuses on Chinese bronzes from about 1800 BC to AD 1000. The changing shapes and designs of the bronzes on display provide clues to the thoughts and shifting religious beliefs of ancient Chinese people.

Current exhibit includes:
Sword, Spring and Autumn-Warring States period, 6th-5th century BC
Money Tree, Excavated in Sichuan province or its vicinity, China, Eastern Han dynasty, 1st-2nd century
Finial, Animal shape, Spring and Autumn period, 6th-5th century BC
Bu Jar, Taotie design, Shang dynasty, 13th-11th century BC (Gift of Ms. Sakamoto Kiku)

  
Burials in China
Room 5  April 26, 2016 (Tue) - August 21, 2016 (Sun)

This part introduces burial items of tombs from about the 2nd century BC to the 8th century AD. Mingqi are models of various implements and equipment, such as cooking stoves, vehicles including carriages and oxcarts, and even toilets. Tomb figures are models of humans who served a master, such as servants and entertainers. The objects on display present the idealized lifestyle that people of this time entrusted to mingqi and tomb figures.

Current exhibit includes:
Woman, Three-color glaze, Tang dynasty, 8th century (Gift of Mr. Suzuki Eiichi)
Vase with Dragon Handles, Three-color glaze, Tang dynasty, 8th century (Important Cultural Property, Gift of Dr. Yokogawa Tamisuke)

  
Chinese Ceramics
Room 5  May 17, 2016 (Tue) - August 28, 2016 (Sun)

This part presents the changing expressions of Chinese ceramics from the 7th to the 19th century.

Current exhibit includes:
Ewer, White porcelain, Tang dynasty, 7th-8th century (Private collection)
Flask, Transparent glaze on white slip with phoenix design in underglaze iron pigment,
Cizhou ware, China, Yuan dynasty, 13th-14th century (Gift of Mr. Hirota Matsushige)
Lidded Jar, Celadon glaze with shinogi ridge design,
Longquan ware, ChinaChina, Yuan dynasty, 13th-14th century (Private collection)
Large Dish, Lapis lazuli glaze with paired dragons design,
Zhangzhou ware, China, Ming dynasty, 17th century (Private collection)
Square Vase, Three-color glaze with flower and bird design on black ground,
Jingdezhen ware, China, Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century (Gift of Dr. Yokogawa Tamisuke)
Gourd-shaped Vase with Two Handles, Tea-leaf color glaze,
Jingdezhen ware, China, Qing dynasty, dated 1736-95 (Gift of Dr. Yokogawa Tamisuke)

  
Embroidery
Room 5  April 12, 2016 (Tue) - July 24, 2016 (Sun)

In China, embroidery with silk thread and fabric was standard. Specific techniques, the texture of the thread, and the way color was used, however, changed over time, giving embroidery from different historical period unique qualities.
This exhibition shows the beauty and variety of Chinese embroidery, displaying decorative accessories that enriched people’s lives, with a focus on embroidered works from the Ming and Qing dynasties (1369–1912).

Current exhibit includes:
Altar Cloth, With needle-looped embroidery; flowering plant design on patched and multi-colored damask ground, Ming dynasty, 16th century
Gauze Weave with Embroidery, Children and floral arabesque design on red ground,
Ming dynasty, 14th-15th century

  
Oasis6 Education Space: Fortune-telling in Asia
Room 6  January 2, 2016 (Sat) - December 23, 2016 (Fri)

Activity area: Fortune-telling in Asia. Recommended for visitors with children.

4th floor

  
Stone Relief Carvings of China
Room 7  April 12, 2016 (Tue) - April 9, 2017 (Sun)

In the 2nd century BC, Chinese tombs were not simply holes in the ground. They developed to have walls and ceilings, with a structure almost like underground mansions. Tombs also appeared that had shrines built above ground for the bereaved families to perform rituals. Particularly in Shandong province and southern Henan province, sturdy stone was favored for making the tombs and shrines, with the stone surfaces used for carving images. Many of these stone bas-reliefs were created until the second half of the 2nd century in the Eastern Han dynasty.

Current exhibit includes:
Stone Bas-relief, Procession of chariots / Building for ancestral rituals, From Xiaotangshan, Shandong province, China, Eastern Han dynasty, 1st-2nd century
Stone Bas-relief, Toad / Emperor Yu, etc.,
From Xiaotangshan, Shandong province, China, Eastern Han dynasty, 1st-2nd century
Stone Bas-relief, Building / Tinglan and the wooden doll, etc.,
From Xiaotangshan, Shandong province, China, Eastern Han dynasty, 1st-2nd century

  
Chinese Painting and Calligraphy: Selected Works from the Hashimoto Collection
Room 8  July 20, 2016 (Wed) - August 28, 2016 (Sun)

Born in Tokyo and having graduated from Keio University, Hashimoto Sueyoshi (1902–1991), a renowned collector of Chinese paintings and calligraphy, commenced his career at the Ministry of Finance. In 1939, taking up a new course in life, he entered into business and held important posts in stock companies Japan Alcohol Trading Co., Ltd. It was during the postwar period when Hashimoto began collecting Chinese art. In particular, before others, he collected Ming and Qing-dynasty paintings and modern Chinese paintings that did not have established reputations. From the 1970s onwards, he held research meetings at his house in Osaka, where he showed young researchers his artworks. Many of them became successful nationally and internationally and some are still active today. The Hashimoto Collection was organized and exhibited at the Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art and the Shoto Museum of Art (Shibuya ward, Tokyo). The collection, which is entrusted to our museum today, has gained unwavering global recognition.

Current exhibit includes:
Old Pine and Crying Crane, By Zhang Lu, Ming dynasty, 15th-16th century (Private collection, On exhibit through August 7, 2016)
Viewing Waterfalls at an Autumn Mountain, By Sheng Maoye, Ming dynasty, dated 1633 (Private collection, On exhibit through August 7, 2016)
Facing the Moon from an Autumn Mountain, By Gong Xian, Qing dynasty, 17th century (Private collection)
Octave in Five-character Phrases in Cursive Script, By Fu Mei, Qing dynasty, 17th century (Private collection)
Seeking Blossoms, By Shi Rui, Ming dynasty, 15th century (Important Cultural Property, Private collection)
Poems of the Western Gardens, By Wen Zhengming, Ming dynasty, dated 1552 (Private collection)

  
Chinese Literati
Room 8  July 20, 2016 (Wed) - August 28, 2016 (Sun)

Through the objects collected by Nakamura Fusetsu and Takashima Kikujiro, who created global collections from the Meiji and Taisho eras to the Showa era, visitors can glimpse the attraction and depth of Chinese calligraphy.

Current exhibit includes:
Table, Huanghuali wood, Ming dynasty, 17th century (Lent by the Shanghai Museum)
Armchair, Ceylon ironwood,
Ming dynasty, 17th century (Lent by the Shanghai Museum)

5th floor

  
Chinese Lacquerware
Room 9  July 12, 2016 (Tue) - October 10, 2016 (Mon)

This part introduces the various methods and designs in Chinese lacquerware. Lacquerware is a form of decorative art made by applying lacquer sap on vessels and utensils, a practice which developed widely in China, Japan, Korea, and the Southeast Asian regions, in techniques and designs unique to each area. China, in particular, has a history of lacquerware of as long as 7000 years.

Current exhibit includes:
Tray with Foliate RimRed lacquer, Southern Song dynasty, 12th-13th century (Lent by the Tokiwayama Bunko Foundation)
Tray, Chrysanthemum design in carved black lacquer,
Southern Song dynasty, 13th century
Covered Box, Dragon and phoenix design in carved red lacquer,
Ming dynasty, dated 1592

  
Decorative Art of the Qing Dynasty
Room 9  July 5, 2016 (Tue) - September 25, 2016 (Sun)

This part introduces the decorative art of the Qing dynasty (1644 - 1912) in China, such as works of jade, cloisonne, glass, and bamboo. The items on display feature the beauty of fine technical skill and the sophisticated atmosphere of Qing-dynasty decorative art.

Current exhibit includes:
You Wine Container, Qing dynasty, 18th century (Gift of Mr. Hirota Matsushige)
Crabs,
Qing dynasty, 18th-19th century
Pomegranate,
Qing dynasty, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Kamiya Denbei)

  
Polished Stone Tools and Metal Tools of Korea
Room 10  April 19, 2016 (Tue) - October 23, 2016 (Sun)

This part highlights Korean polished stone tools and metal objects that had a great influence on Japan's Yayoi culture.

Current exhibit includes:
Crown, Attributed provenance: Gyeongsangnam-do, Korea, Three Kingdoms period (Gaya), 5th century (Important Art Object, Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Polished Stone Sickle, Excavated at Buyeo, Korea, Bronze Age, 10th-4th century BC (Gift of Mr. Sakenobu Kyokusho)
Bronze Dagger, Excavated at Ochon-ri, Pyongyang, Korea, Early Iron Age, 2nd century BC
Mirror with Two Knobs, Minute pattern design, Attributed provenance: Gyeongsangnam-do, Korea, Early Iron Age-Proto Kingdoms period, 3rd-1st century BC (Important Art Object, Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Bronze Ornamental Fitting, With animals, Attributed provenance: Gyeongju, Korea, Early Iron Age-Proto Three Kingdoms period, 3rd-1st century BC (Important Art Object, Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Stone coffin for Jang Chungui, Goryeo dynasty, 12th century

  
The Rises and Falls of Kings in Korea
Room 10  April 19, 2016 (Tue) - October 23, 2016 (Sun)

This part features the prosperity of kings in the Three Kingdoms period (4th century - 676) in Korea, through works including items of metalwork. The diverse designs of the objects are evidence of the prosperity of the kings.

Current exhibit includes:
Gilt Bronze Belt FittingsThree-leaf design in openwork, Excavated at Yongsan, Gyeongsan, Korea, Three Kingdoms period, 4th century
Earring, Three Kingdoms period (Silla), 6th century (Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
HeadgearWith design in openwork, Attributed provenance: Changnyeong, Korea, Three Kingdoms period, 6th century (Important Cultural Property, Gift of the Ogura Foundation)

  
Korean Ceramics
Room 10  April 19, 2016 (Tue) - October 23, 2016 (Sun)

This part introduces Korean ceramics from the Proto-Three Kingdoms period (1st century BC - 3rd century AD) to the Joseon dynasty (1392-1910).

Current exhibit includes:
Four-legged Jar, Attributed provenance: Buyeo, Korea, Three Kingdoms period (Baekje), 6th century (Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Stemmed Cup with Pendants and Vessels,
Three Kingdoms period (Silla), 6th century (Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Ewer, Celadon glaze with carved lotus arabesque design,
Goryeo dynasty, 12th century
Box, Celadon glaze with arabesque design in openwork,
Goryeo dynasty, 12th century
Dish, White porcelain,
Joseon dynasty, 15th-16th century (Private collection)
Beveled Jar, White porcelain,
Joseon dynasty, 18th century (Private collection)
Jar, Cloud and dragon design in underglaze iron pigment,
Joseon dynasty, 17th century (Gift of Ms. Shimizu Nobuko)
Transverse Flute,
Unified Silla dynasty, 8th century (Gift of the Ogura Foundation)

  
Buddhist Art of Korea
Room 10  May 24, 2016 (Tue) - November 13, 2016 (Sun)

This part  features the essence of Korean Buddhist art.

Current exhibit includes:
Brick, With inscription, Excavated from Taiwangling, Ji'an, China, Three Kingdoms period (Goguryeo), 4th-5th century (Gift of Mr. Maruyama Sakura)
Brick, Coiled dragon design, Excavated from Gyuam-myeon, Buyeo, Korea, Three Kingdoms period (Baekje), 6th-7th century (Gift of the Government-General of Korea)
Seated Bodhisattva with One Leg Pendent, Three Kingdoms period, 7th century (Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Buddhist Temple BellWith inscription of year, Goryeo dynasty, dated 1107 (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Nishiaraidaishi Sojiji, Tokyo)

  
Art of the Joseon Dynasty
Room 10  May 10, 2016 (Tue) - July 31, 2016 (Sun)

This part features furnishings, costumes, and accessories from Korea in the Joseon dynasty (1392-1910). While the costumes, furniture, tableware, and stationery each possessed individual beauty, their appeal was enhanced by their placement in living spaces.

Current exhibit includes:
Box for Clothing, Joseon dynasty, 18th-19th century (Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Dining Tray, Openwork designs in base,
Joseon dynasty, second half of 19th century (Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Bookshelf,
Joseon dynasty, 19th century (Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Fan, Taiji diagram design,
19th-20th century
Fan, Veins of paulownia leaf design,
20th century (Gift of Dr. Yumoto Mamoru)
Water Dropper,
Joseon dynasty, 19th century (Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Hairpin, Knife, and Glasses Case,
Joseon dynasty, 19th-20th century

Basement

  
Khmer Sculpture
Room 11  May 31, 2016 (Tue) - May 7, 2017 (Sun)

This section introduces sculptures from Khmer, with a focus on stone statues from the Angkor period (9th-13th century). The Tokyo National Museum collection of Khmer sculptures, which are distinguished in both quality and quantity, was acquired in 1944 through an exchange project with the research institute l'École francaise d'Extrême-Orient.

Current exhibit includes:
Garuda Riding on Naga (Snake deity), Angkor period, 12th-13th century (Acquired through exchange with l'École française d'Extrême-Orient)
Standing Vishnu, Angkor period, 12th century (Acquired through exchange with l'École française d'Extrême-Orient)
Buddha Seated on Naga (Snake deity), Angkor period, 12th century (Acquired through exchange with l'École française d'Extrême-Orient)
Standing Lokesvara, Angkor period, 12th-13th century (Acquired through exchange with l'École française d'Extrême-Orient)
Lintel, Angkor period, 10th century (Acquired through exchange with l'École française d'Extrême-Orient)

  
Gilt Bronze Statues from Southeast Asia
Room 12  May 31, 2016 (Tue) - May 7, 2017 (Sun)

This part focuses on Southeast Asian gilt bronze statues of gods and Buddhist deities from the 7th to 13th century. The statues are made using the lost-wax casting process, and therefore they have common qualities in their plasticity and smoothness of form.

Current exhibit includes:
Buddha Seated on a Pedestal, Central Java period, ca. 8th century
Seated Mahavairocana, Central Java period, 9th-10th century
Standing Deity Hanuman, Angkor period, 11th century
Finial for a Shaft in the Shape of Naga, Angkor period, 12th century (Acquired through exchange with l'École française d'Extrême-Orient)
Shiva (Upper body), Excavated from Damdek, Cambodia, Angkor period, 9th century (Acquired through exchange with l'École française d'Extrême-Orient)

  
Archaeology of India and Southeast Asia
Room 12  April 12, 2016 (Tue) - April 9, 2017 (Sun)

The excavated pottery and metal wares exhibited in this part clearly show the prosperity of cultures with rich regional characteristics in ancient India and Southeast Asia.

Current exhibit includes:
Human-shaped Object, Attributed provenance: Uttar Pradesh, India, Copper Hoard culture, ca. 1500 BC
Ladle with Bird Ornament,
Excavated in northeastern Thailand, ca. 3rd century BC-2nd century AD
Vessel in Shape of Bucket,
Excavated in Vietnam or Southern China, Nanyue dynasty, 2nd century BC
Bronze Drum,
Attributed provenance: northern Thailand, 6th-5th century BC (Lent by Idemitsu Museum of Arts)
Bronze Drum,
Northern Thailand, 15th-17th century (Gift of Prince Damrong, Thailand)

  
Southeast Asian Ceramics
Room 12  May 31, 2016 (Tue) - November 13, 2016 (Sun)

This part introduces the individual styles of ceramics made in Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam from the 9th to the 16th century.

Current exhibit includes:
Bowl and Stand, Silver with gilding and niello inlay, First half of 20th century (Lent by the OKURA MUSEUM OF ART, Tokyo)
Elephant-shaped Vessel, Dark brown glaze,
Angkor period, 12th-13th century
Shallow Bowl with Pointed Foliate Rim, Celadon glaze with lotus flower design,
Si Satchanalai ware, Thailand, 15th century (Gift of Mr. Yamada Yoshio)
Twelve-sided Bowl, Bird and animal design in kinma filled-in lacquer,
17th-18th century (On exhibit through August 21, 2016)
Bowl, Celadon glaze with fish and flowering plant design in underglaze iron pigment,
Si Satchanalai ware, Thailand, 15th-16th century (Gift of Mr. Yamada Yoshio, On exhibit from August 23, 2016)
Bowl, Arabesque design in overglaze enamel,
16th century (Important Art Object)
Large Dish, Deer and landscape design in underglaze blue,
15th-16th century (Important Art Object)

  
Asian Textiles: Indian Textile
Room 13  April 12, 2016 (Tue) - July 24, 2016 (Sun)

Various textiles and techniques were spread across Asia from India, such as cotton cloth, splashed-pattern dyeing, tie-dyeing and brocades with metal threads. In particular, chintz, which was cotton cloth dyed with floral patterns or legendary images using woodblock printing or hand-drawing, fascinated people around the world and was a major export from the 16th to the 19th century.

Current exhibit includes:
Chintz (Hotoke-de type), Buddhist image design on indigo ground, Southern India, For export to Thailand, 18th-19th century
Carpet, Chintz; poppy design on white ground,
Gujarat, India, 17th century

  
Indian Miniature Paintings
Room 13  July 12, 2016 (Tue) - August 7, 2016 (Sun)

Indian miniature paintings established a uniquely meticulous, colorful, and passionate style, with various painting schools. An appeal of the paintings to viewers is the abundance of elements vividly contained inside each picture, such as myths, music, and nature.

Current exhibit includes:
Krishna and Radha on Swing (Hindola Raga), Late 18th-early 19th century
Prince Shooting at Bird (Kakubh Ragini),
19th century

  
Room 13  July 5, 2016 (Tue) - October 10, 2016 (Mon)

The kris is an iron knife that was widely used on the Malay Peninsula and the surrounding islands in Southeast Asia. Kris blades are either straight or wavy, and many of them have complex linear patterns created through a special technique. With their strange and distinctive appearance, kris knives were believed to contain supernatural powers, granting their male owners protection and also acting as symbols of prestige. This exhibition introduces Indonesian kris knives from the museum's collection by region, including Java and Sulawesi, as well as spears, and explores the hidden meanings and wishes imbued in these weapons.

Current exhibit includes:
Kris, 17th-18th century (Gift of Mr. J. C. Bijleveld)
Kris,
19th century (Gift of Mr. Doi Fusajiro)
Spear,
19th-early 20th century