TOP
 >> Exhibitions
 >> Toyokan

Toyokan

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.

Floor Map
Restaurant

Toyokan will be closed for maintenance work on August 3 - September 7, 2015

 


1st floor

  
Chinese Buddhist Sculpture
Room 1  April 7, 2015 (Tue) - April 10, 2016 (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 Bodhisattva with One Leg Pendent and Four Attendants, China, Northern Qi dynasty, 6th century
Head of Bodhisattva, Cave 14, Tianlongshan Caves, Shanxi province, China, Tang dynasty, 8th century (Gif of the Kumazawa Masayuki)
Standing Buddha Triad, China, Eastern Wei dynasty, 6th century (Important Cultural Property)
Ekadasamukha in a Niche, Baoqingsi temple, Xi'an, Shaanxi province, China, Tang dynasty, 8th century (Important Cultural Property, Gift of Mr. Hosokawa Moritatsu)

2nd floor

  
Large Dry Lacquer Vessel
Room 2  April 7, 2015 (Tue) - April 10, 2016 (Sun)

Large Dry Lacquer Vessel, Attributed provenance: Hui County, Henan Province, China (Important Art Object, Lent by the OKURA MUSEUM OF ART, Tokyo)

  
Oasis2 Education Space: Journey Information
Room 2  January 2, 2015 (Fri) - December 23, 2015 (Wed)

Introducing various journeys with images

  
Sculptures from India and Gandhara
Room 3  January 2, 2015 (Fri) - June 7, 2015 (Sun)

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, Gandhara, Pakistan, Kushan dynasty, 2nd - 3rd century
Cross-legged Bodhisattva, Mardan, Pakistan, Kushan dynasty, 2nd - 3rd century (Private collection)
Worshipping of the Bowl and Cross-legged Bodhisattvas, Afghanistan, 3rd - 4th century (Gift of Ms. Yano Tsuruko)
Life of Buddha: First Sermon, Kushan dynasty, Gandhara, Pakistan, 2nd - 3rd century

  
Art of the Western Regions
Room 3  April 28, 2015 (Tue) - June 14, 2015 (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 TileLotus 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  April 7, 2015 (Tue) - July 20, 2015 (Mon)

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

Current exhibit includes:
Tomb Relief of Iny, Excavated at Saqqara, Egypt, Old Kingdom, 6th dynasty, 23rd century BC
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
Heracles, Excavated at Hatra, Iraq, Parthian period, 1st - 2nd century (Gift of Iraqi Government)
Dish with Humped Bull Design, Excavated in Iran, Late Hellenistic - Parthian period, second half of 3rd - first half of 1st century BC
Large Jar, Blue glaze, Excavated in Iran, Islamic period, 13th - 14th century

3rd floor

  
The Advent of Chinese Civilization
Room 4  January 2, 2015 (Fri) - May 6, 2015 (Wed)

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 Jar with Two Handles, Excavated in Gansu or Qinghai province, China, Majiayao culture, ca. 2200 - 2000 BC
Ash Glazed Pottery Jar, Western Han dynasty, 2nd - 1st century BC
Oracle Bones, Excavated at Yinxu, Anyang, Henan province, China, Shang dynasty, 13th - 11th century BC
Jade Axe, Neolithic period, 3rd millennium BC

  
Chinese Bronzes
Room 5  January 2, 2015 (Fri) - May 10, 2015 (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:
Bronze Hu Vessel, With design of hunting scene and coiling snakes, China, Warring States period, 5th century BC
Money Tree, Excavated in Sichuan province or its vicinity, China, Eastern Han dynasty, 1st - 2nd century
Foiled Oval Box, Bronze with peonies in openwork, China, Yuan dynasty, 13th - 14th century
Bu Jar, Taotie design, China, Shang dynasty, 13th - 11th century BC (Gift of Ms. Sakamoto Kiku)
Bo Bell, Coiling dragons design, China, Warring States period, 5th century BC (Gift of Ms. Sakamoto Kiku)

  
Burials in China
Room 5  January 2, 2015 (Fri) - May 6, 2015 (Wed)

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:
Painted Musicians and Dancer, China, Eastern Han dynasty, 1st - 2nd century (Gift of Dr. Yokogawa Tamisuke)
Funeral Urn, Celadon glaze, Old Yue ware, China, Three Kingdoms (Wu) - Western Jin dynasty, 3rd century
Jar, Three-color glaze with plum blossoms, China, Tang dynasty, 8th century (Gift of Mr. Hirota Matsushige)
Official Tomb Figure, Three-color glaze, China, Tang dynasty, 7th - 8th century (Gift of Dr. Yokogawa Tamisuke)

  
Chinese Ceramics
Room 5  April 7, 2015 (Tue) - August 16, 2015 (Sun)

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

Current exhibit includes:
BowlWhite porcelain with lotus flower design, Ding ware, China, Northern Song dynasty, 11th - 12th century (Private collection)
BowlKnown as “Bakohan”; celadon glaze, Longquan ware, China, Southern Song dynasty, 13th century (Important Cultural Property, Gift of Mr. Mitsui Takahiro)
Bowl, Arabesque design in underglaze black, Jingdezhen ware, China, Ming dynasty, 14th century (Gift of Ms. Nakaji Toshiko)
Bowl, Lotus bouquet design in doucai enamel, Jingdezhen ware, China, Qing dynasty, Yongzheng era (Gift of Mr. Hirota Matsushige)
BowlBrown glaze with white rim and arabesque design, China, Northern Song dynasty, 11th  -12th century (Gift of Mr. Hirota Matsushige)

  
Chinese Textiles: Embroidery
Room 5  April 14, 2015 (Tue) - July 5, 2015 (Sun)

This part introduces Chinese textiles and embroidery from the 13th to the 19th century. The Chinese textiles that were brought to Japan are therefore important for learning about Chinese textile history.

Current exhibit includes:
Embroidery, Ancient bronzeware design, China, Qing dynasty, 18th - 19th century

  
Oasis6 Education Space: Fortune-telling in Asia
Room 6  January 2, 2015 (Fri) - December 23, 2015 (Wed)

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

4th floor

  
Stone Relief Carvings of China
Room 7  April 14, 2015 (Tue) - April 10, 2016 (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: Landscape and Flower-and-bird Paintings of the Ming and Qing Dynasties
Room 8  April 14, 2015 (Tue) - May 17, 2015 (Sun)

In celebration of spring, this exhibition showcases Chinese paintings that underwent appraisal in Japan during the Edo period (1603–1868), as well as outstanding paintings of the Ming and Qing dynasties featuring flowering plants and landscapes. Visitors are invited to enjoy these fine paintings from China, along with the history behind how they reached Japan.

Current exhibit includes:
Viewing a Waterfall, By Lu Wei, Qing dynasty, 18th century
Fish and Waterweeds,
Attributed to Jing Chu (dates unknown), Ming dynasty, 14th-15th century, (Important Art Object )
Chinese Peonies,
Copied by Kano Isen'in (Naganobu), Edo period, 19th century
Chinese Peonies,
Attributed to Wang Yuan (dates unknown), Ming dynasty, 15th-16th century, (Lent by the Okura Museum of Art, Tokyo)
Poet by a Bridge in the Valley,
By Wan Shanglin, Qing dynasty, dated 1792, (Gift of Mr. Takashima Kikujiro)
Insects and Flowers,
Artist unknown, Ming dynasty, 14th-15th century
Flying Bee and Swimming Frog,
By Liu Deliu, Qing dynasty, dated 1868,(Gift of Dr. Hayashi Munetake)

  
Chinese Calligraphy: Calligraphy of the Southern and Northern Dynasties Period
Room 8  April 14, 2015 (Tue) - June 7, 2015 (Sun)

From 439 to 589, China was divided into southern and northern dynasties. The southern dynasties were ruled by Han Chinese, who were native to their lands, and those in the north, by outsiders who had conquered Chinese territories.
There were four successive dynasties in the south, and their peak was the reign of Emperor Wu of the Liang, which lasted for 48 years. The refined calligraphic styles of Wang Xizhi (307–365) and his son, Wang Xianzhi (344–388), were passed down through these dynasties. The five northern dynasties also rose and fell over the decades. The official Yang Jian inherited the title of emperor from the last of these and unified all of China in 589 under the new Sui dynasty, bringing an end of the Southern and Northern Dynasties period.

Current exhibit includes:
Record of the Creation of Niu Jue's Buddhist Statue, China, Stele: Northern Wei dynasty, dated 495, (Gift of Mr. Imaizumi Yusaku)
Record of the Creation of Wei Lingzang's Buddhist Statue, China, Stele: Northern Wei dynasty, 5th century (Gift of Mr. Imaizumi Yusaku)
Record of the Creation of Yang Dayan's Buddhist Statue, China, Stele: Northern Wei dynasty, 6th century, (Gift of Mr. Imaizumi Yusaku)

  
Chinese Literati
Room 8  April 14, 2015 (Tue) - June 7, 2015 (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:
InkstoneCloud and moon design, Formerly owned by Mr. Aoyama San'u, Ming-Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century, (Gift of Ms. Aoyama Toku)
Seal MaterialLandscape with pavilion design,
Formerly owned by Mr. Aoyama San'u, Qing dynasty, 17th-19th century, (Gift of Ms. Aoyama Toku)

5th floor

  
Chinese Lacquerware
Room 9  April 7, 2015 (Tue) - July 5, 2015 (Sun)

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:
Lobed Tray, Black lacquer, China, Southern Song dynasty, 13th century
Covered Box, Dragon and phoenix design in carved red lacquer, China, Ming dynasty, dated 1592
Covered Box with Pointed Foliate Rim, Pavilion and figures design in carved red lacquer, China, Yuan - Ming dynasty, 14th century

  
Decorative Art of the Qing Dynasty
Room 9  April 7, 2015 (Tue) - July 5, 2015 (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, China, Taotie design, Qing dynasty, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Kamiya Denbei)
Pomegranate, China, Qing dynasty, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Kamiya Denbei)
Incense Burner, China, Qing dynasty, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Kamiya Denbei)

  
Polished Stone Tools and Metal Tools of Korea
Room 10  April 7, 2015 (Tue) - October 12, 2015 (Mon)

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)
Bronze Dagger,
Excavated at Ochon-ri, Pyongyang, Korea, Early Iron Age, 2nd century BC
BrickWith inscription,
Excavated from the tomb of Jang Mu-i, Bongsan, Korea, Nangnang (Lelang)-Three Kingdoms period, 3rd-4th century, (Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Bronze Ornamental FittingWith animals,
Attributed provenance: Gyeongju, Korea, Early Iron Age-Proto Three Kingdoms period, 3rd-1st century BC, (Important Art Object), (Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Bronze Dipper with Gold Inlay,
Attributed provenance: Junghuwa, Korea, Three Kingdoms period (Goguryeo), 4th century (Chinese-made), (Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Lacquered Cup with HandlesWith inscription,
Attributed provenance: Nangnang (Lelang) tomb, Korea, Nangnang (Lelang), 1st century BC-3rd century AD, (Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Stone coffin for Jang Chungui,
Goryeo dynasty, 12th century, Epitaph for Jang Chungui, Goryeo dynasty, 12th century

  
"The Rises and Falls of Kings in Korea"
Room 10  April 7, 2015 (Tue) - October 12, 2015 (Mon)

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:
*

  
"Korean Ceramics"
Room 10  April 7, 2015 (Tue) - October 12, 2015 (Mon)

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:
Stemmed Cup, Excavated from Yangsan Bubuchong Tomb, Korea, Three Kingdoms period (Silla), start of 6th century
Cylindrical Stand,
Excavated from Yangsan Bubuchong Tomb, Korea, Three Kingdoms period (Silla), start of 6th century
VaseCeladon glaze with plum tree, bamboo, reed, willow, and waterfowl design in inlay
, Goryeo dynasty, 12th-13th century
Flattened BottleBuncheong ware with peony design carved through white slip,
Joseon dynasty, 15th-16th century, (Private collection)
JarLandscape design in underglaze blue,
Joseon dynasty, 19th century
Equestrian Figurine,
Three Kingdoms period (Silla), 5th-6th century, (Important Art Object), (Gift of the Ogura Foundation)

  
Buddhist Art of Korea
Room 10  January 2, 2015 (Fri) - June 14, 2015 (Sun)

This part  features the essence of Korean Buddhist art.

Current exhibit includes:
Round Eave Tile, Lotus flower design, Excavated from former temple site of Gunsu-ri, Buyeo, Korea, Three Kingdoms period (Baekje), 6th - 7th century
Round Eave Tile, With inscription, Excavated from Wolsong, Gyeongju, Korea, Unified Silla dynasty, 8th - 9th century
Brick, Fierce god design, Excavated from Gyuam-myeon, Buyeo, Korea, Three Kingdoms period (Baekje), 6th - 7th century
Octagonal Sarira Casket (Relic container), Attributed provenance: Gwangyang, Korea, Unified Silla dynasty, 8th-9th century (Important Art Object, Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Seated Bodhisattva with One Leg Pendent, Korea, Three Kingdoms period, 7th century (Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Standing Vajradhara, Korea, Unified Silla dynasty, 8th century (Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Gong, With year inscription, By Han Jungseo, Korea, Goryeo dynasty, dated 1213

  
Art of the Joseon Dynasty
Room 10  March 17, 2015 (Tue) - June 7, 2015 (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:
Flowers and Birds, Korea, Joseon dynasty, 19th century (Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Water Dropper, Korea, Joseon dynasty, 18th - 19th century (Gift of Mr. Tsukagoshi Masa'aki)
Bottle, Korea, Joseon dynasty, 17th century

Basement

  
Khmer Sculpture
Room 11  July 1, 2014 (Tue) - June 28, 2015 (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), Entrance of Baphuon and Terrace of the Elephants, Cambodia, Angkor period, 12th - 13th century (Acquired through exchange with l'École française d'Extrême-Orient)
Standing Vishnu, Prasat Olok, Cambodia, Angkor period, 12th century (Acquired through exchange with l'École française d'Extrême-Orient)
Buddha Seated on Naga (Snake deity), Terrace No. 61, southeastern section of Angkor Thom, Cambodia, Angkor period, 12th century (Acquired through exchange with l'École française d'Extrême-Orient)
Relief of Apsaras, Bayon, Cambodia, Angkor period, 12th - 13th century (Acquired through exchange with l'École française d'Extrême-Orient)
Lintel, Prasat Sralao, Cambodia, Angkor period, 10th century (Acquired through exchange with l'École française d'Extrême-Orient)
 

  
Gilt Bronze Statues from Southeast Asia
Room 12  January 2, 2015 (Fri) - June 28, 2015 (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:
Head of Buddha, Phitsanulok, Thailand, Sukhothai period, 13th century (Gift of Mr. Miki Sakae)
Head of Crowned Buddha, Ayutthaya, Thailand, Ayutthaya period, 16th - 17th century (Gift of Mr. Miki Sakae)
Standing Buddha, Thailand, Dvaravati period, 7th - 8th century
Standing Deity Hanuman, Cambodia, Angkor period, 12th - 13th century

  
Archaeology of India and Southeast Asia
Room 12  April 14, 2015 (Tue) - April 10, 2016 (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  January 2, 2015 (Fri) - June 28, 2015 (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:
Jar, Carved design, Excavated at Angkor, Khmer, Angkor period, 10th - 11th century (Acquired through exchange with l'École française d'Extrême-Orient)
Elephant-shaped Vessel, Dark brown glaze, Khmer, Angkor period, 12th - 13th century
Spitoon, Excavated at Angkor, Khmer, Angkor period, 12th - 14th century (Acquired through exchange with l'École française d'Extrême-Orient)
Dish, Celadon glaze, Si Satchanalai ware, Thailand, 15th - 16th century (Gift of Mr. Yoshida Sakuya)
Large Dish, Water buffalo design in overglaze enamel, Vietnam, 16th century

  
Asian Textiles: Indian Textile
Room 13  April 14, 2015 (Tue) - July 5, 2015 (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, Vase, flower, and bird design on white ground, Coromandel Coast, South India, 17th - 18th century
ChintzHotoke-de type; medallion and Buddhist image design on black ground, South India, Made for export to Thailand, 18th century

  
Indian Miniature Paintings
Room 13  April 14, 2015 (Tue) - May 10, 2015 (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:
Folio from a Razmnama Manuscript, Mughal school, India, Late 16th century
Lady Going to Meet Her Lover (Shukla Abhisarika), Kangra school, India, Late 18th - early 19th century

  
Ethnic Cultures of Asia:
Room 13  April 7, 2015 (Tue) - July 5, 2015 (Sun)

The people of Melanesia in the South Pacific worshipped the souls and spirits of their ancestors, and made various sculptures related to their beliefs. Among these religious works, large colored masks and limestone sculptures representing men and women had important roles to allow the souls of the deceased to be present in places connected to funerals. For example, it is said that a tribe who believed that they were descendants of alligators made sculptures of alligators to enshrine their ancestors in sacred buildings. The craftwork in the thick scales and the sharp teeth is a notable feature of these sculptures.

Current exhibit includes:
Mask, Second half of 19th century, Gift of Mr. Mori Matashichiro
Crocodile, Second half of 19th-early 20th century, Gift of Mr. Fujikawa Seijiro