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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 will be closed for maintenance work on Wednesday, December 8, 2014 - Thursday, January 1, 2015


1st floor

  
Chinese Buddhist Sculpture
Room 1  April 8, 2014 (Tue) - April 5, 2015 (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:
Standing Mahasthamaprapta, China, Sui dynasty, 6th century (Important Cultural Property)
Standing Ekadasamukha, Formerly preserved at Tonomine, Nara prefecture, China, Tang dynasty, 7th century (Important Cultural Property)
Buddha and Four Attendants, China, Western Wei dynasty, 6th century
Head of Bodhisattva, Cave 8, Tianlongshan Grottoes, Shanxi province, China, Sui dynasty, 6th - 7th century (Gift of Mr. Nezu Kaichiro)

2nd floor

  
Oasis2 Education Space: Journey Information
Room 2  January 2, 2014 (Thu) - December 23, 2014 (Tue)

Introducing various journeys with images

  
Sculptures from India and Gandhara
Room 3  April 15, 2014 (Tue) - December 7, 2014 (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
Standing Buddha, Near Peshawar, Pakistan, Kushan dynasty, 2nd - 3rd century
Buddha Triad, Gandhara, Pakistan, Kushan dynasty, 3rd century
Tusita Heaven, Stone relief carving, Pakistan, Kushan dynasty, 2nd - 3rd century

  
Art of the Western Regions
Room 3  September 30, 2014 (Tue) - December 7, 2014 (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:
Sarira (Container for Buddhist relics), Reportedly from Subashi, China, 6th - 7th century, Otani collection
Musicians, Cave 33, Bezeklik Grottoes, China, Gaochang Uighur period, 10th - 11th century, Otani collection
Standing Bodhisattva with Parasol, Bezeklik Grottoes, China, Gaochang Uighur period, 10th - 11th century, Otani collection
Kneeling Bodhisattva with Incense Burner, Bezeklik Grottoes, China, Gaochang Uighur period, 10th - 11th century, Otani collection

  
Artifacts from West Asia and Egypt
Room 3  September 30, 2014 (Tue) - December 7, 2014 (Sun)

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
Mummy Shroud of Padiinher, Excavated in lower Egypt, Roman period, 1st century
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  August 19, 2014 (Tue) - December 7, 2014 (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 - 2200 BC
Clay Stamped Seal, Inscribed "True imperial seal", Qin - Western Han dynasty, 3rd - 2nd century BC (Gift of Mr. Abe Fusajiro)
Jade Axe, Neolithic period, 3rd millennium BC
Gray Pottery Jar, With design of hunting scene, Western Han - Eastern Han dynasty, 1st century BC - 1st century AD (Gift of Dr. Yokogawa Tamisuke)

  
Chinese Bronzes
Room 5  August 26, 2014 (Tue) - December 7, 2014 (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, China, Spring and Autumn - Warring States period, 6th - 5th century BC
Umbrella Holder, China, Warring States-Western Han dynasty, 3rd - 2nd century BC
Money Tree, Excavated in Sichuan province or its vicinity, China, Eastern Han dynasty, 1st - 2nd 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  August 19, 2014 (Tue) - December 7, 2014 (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:
Dog, Green glaze, Eastern Han dynasty, 2nd - 3rd century (Gift of Mr. Takeyoshi Michikazu)
Rabbit, Indigo glaze, Tang dynasty, 8th century (Gift of Dr. Yokogawa Tamisuke)
Tomb Figure of Female Dancer, With polychrome pigments, Tang dynasty, 7th - 8th century (Gift of Mr. Hirota Matsushige)
Tomb Guardian, Three-color glaze, Tang dynasty, 7th - 8th century (Gift of Dr. Yokogawa Tamisuke)

  
Chinese Ceramics
Room 5  October 15, 2014 (Wed) - December 7, 2014 (Sun)

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

Current exhibit includes:
Jar with Coiled Dragon Ornament, Celadon glaze, Longquan ware, China, Southern Song - Yuan dynasty, 13th century (Gift of Dr. Yokogawa Tamisuke)
Ewer, Transparent glaze on white slip with arabesque design , Cizhou ware, China, Northern Song dynasty, 10th - 11th century (Gift of Dr. Yokogawa Tamisuke)
Pillow, Transparent glaze on white slip with peony design on iron pigment background, Cizhou ware, China, Northern Song dynasty, 12th century (Gift of Dr. Yokogawa Tamisuke)
Stemmed Cup, Peony design in overglaze enamel, Cizhou ware, China, Jin - Yuan dynasty, 13th century (Gift of Dr. Yokogawa Tamisuke)
Vase, Black glaze with peony design in brown, China, Jin - Yuan dynasty, 13th - 14th century (Gift of Dr. Yokogawa Tamisuke)
Belt Fittings with Hook, China, Warring States period-Western Han dynasty, 5th - 2nd century BC (Gift of Dr. Yokogawa Tamisuke)

  
Chinese Textiles: Prized Textile Fragments of the Maeda Clan
Room 5  September 9, 2014 (Tue) - December 7, 2014 (Sun)

The Tokyo National Museum has approximately 80 fragments that were in possession of the prosperous Maeda clan of the Kaga domain (now Ishikawa prefecture). The third-generation head of the clan, Maeda Toshitsune (1594-1658), sent Yano Shozaemon and other retainers to Nagasaki in 1637, where they purchased them for a vast sum of money. Acquired by the Maeda clan at a great expense, these fragments reveal the essence of Chinese textiles that were prized in Japan’s tea ceremony.

Current exhibit includes:
Gold Brocade, Known as "Kohfukuji kinran"; phoenix design on purple ground, Formerly preserved by the Maeda clan, Yuan dynasty, 14th century
Damask, Known as "Sasazuru donsu"; floral arabesque design on light green ground, Formerly preserved by the Maeda clan, Ming dynasty, 15th - 16th century
Kando Striped Textile, Known as "Hino kanto"; wavy stripe design, Formerly preserved by the Maeda clan, Ming dynasty, 16th - 17th century

  
Oasis6 Education Space: Fortune-telling in Asia
Room 6  January 2, 2014 (Thu) - December 23, 2014 (Tue)

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

4th floor

  
Stone Relief Carvings of China
Room 7  April 8, 2014 (Tue) - April 12, 2015 (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

  
Room 8  September 30, 2014 (Tue) - December 7, 2014 (Sun)

From long ago, Chinese paintings and calligraphy were brought to Japan in great quantities and had an undeniable influence on Japanese art. Pieces from the Song (960-1279) and Yuan (1271-1368) dynasties in particular became very well known in Japan. Many of them were imported together with Zen Buddhism during the Kamakura period (1192-1333) and displayed in tea houses and formal shoin rooms according to Japanese tastes.

Current exhibit includes:
Sahasrabhuja Avalokitesvara (Thousand-armed Avalokitesvara), China, Southern Song dynasty, 13th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Eihoji, Gifu)
Cockerel and Bamboo, By Luo Chuang, China, Southern Song dynasty, 13th century (Important Cultural Property)
Landscape, Inscription by Du Guandao, China, Ming dynasty, 14th century (Important Cultural Property)
Sparrow Chicks in a Basket, Attributed to Song Ruzhi, China, Southern Song dynasty, 13th century (Important Cultural Property)
Five Dragons, Attributed to Chen Rong, China, Southern Song dynasty, 13th century (Important Cultural Property)
Youlan Tablature in Jieshi Diao (“Stone Tablet”) Mode, Vol. V, China, Tang dynasty, 7th - 8th century (National Treasure)
Manuscript of Epitaphs for Wang Zhong and Shi Fu, By Huang Tingjian, China, Northern Song dynasty, 11th century
Poems in Running Script, By Mi Fu, China, Northern Song dynasty, dated 1106
Characters for Plaque of a Buddhist Temple, By Zhang Jizhi, China, Southern Song dynasty, 13th century (National Treasure, Lent by Tofukuji, Kyoto)

 

  
Chinese Literati
Room 8  September 30, 2014 (Tue) - December 7, 2014 (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:
Tablet with Five Characters in Running Script, By Liu Yong, China, Qing dynasty, dated 1802 (Gift of Mr. Takashima Kikujiro)
Inkstone with Hollow Underside, Orchid Pavilion design, Formerly owned by Mr. Aoyama San'u, China, Ming dynasty, 14th - 17th century (Gift of Mr. Aoyama Keiji)
Brush Holder, Carved Red Cliff design, Formerly owned by Mr. Aoyama San'u, China, Qing dynasty, 17th - 19th century (Gift of Mr. Aoyama Keiji)
Seal Material, Peach and beetle design, Formerly owned by Mr. Aoyama San'u, China, Qing dynasty, 17th - 19th century (Gift of Ms. Aoyama Toku)

5th floor

  
Chinese Lacquerware
Room 9  August 26, 2014 (Tue) - December 7, 2014 (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:
Tray, Xipi lacquer type, China, Southern Song dynasty, 12th - 13th century
Cup Stand, Grapes design in carved red lacquer, China, Ming dynasty, Xuande era
Lidded Box, Children design in colored lacquer and gold inlay, China, Qing dynasty, Qianlong era

  
Decorative Art of the Qing Dynasty
Room 9  May 27, 2014 (Tue) - December 7, 2014 (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:
Candlesticks, China, Qing dynasty, Qianlong era
Goldfish, China, Qing dynasty, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Kamiya Denbei)
Flower Holder, Pair of carp design, China, Qing dynasty, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Kamiya Denbei)
Pomegranate, China, Qing dynasty, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Kamiya Denbei)

  
Polished Stone Tools and Metal Tools of Korea
Room 10  September 23, 2014 (Tue) - April 5, 2015 (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)
Bronze Dagger, Excavated at Ochon-ri, Pyongyang, Korea, Early Iron Age, 2nd century BC,
Bronze Halberd, Attributed provenance: Ipsil-ri, Gyeongju, Korea, Proto-Three Kingdoms period, 1st century BC (Important Art Object, Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Bronze Ferrule, Attributed provenance: Ipsil-ri, Gyeongju, Korea, Proto-Three Kingdoms period, 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)
Bronze Dipper with Gold Inlay, Attributed provenance: Junghuwa, Korea, Three Kingdoms period (Goguryeo), 4th century (made in China) (Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Glass Bowl with Blue-blob Motif, Attributed provenance: Yeonbaek, Korea, Unified Silla dynasty, 8th - 9th century (Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Stone coffin for Jang Chungui, Goryeo dynasty, 12th century

  
The Rises and Falls of Kings in Korea
Room 10  September 23, 2014 (Tue) - April 5, 2015 (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:
Necklace, Excavated from Yangsan Bubuchong, Korea, Three Kingdoms period (Silla), 6th century
Saddle Fittings, Excavated from Yangsan Bubuchong Tomb, Korea, Three Kingdoms period (Silla), start of 6th century
Earring, Three Kingdoms period (Silla), 6th century (Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Headgear, With design in openwork, Attributed provenance: Changnyeong, Korea, Three Kingdoms period, 6th century (Important Cultural Property, Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Iron Horceback Flagpole, Excavated from Yangsan Bubuchong Tomb, Korea, Three Kingdoms period (Silla), start of 6th century

  
Korean Ceramics
Room 10  September 23, 2014 (Tue) - April 5, 2015 (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:
Stoneware Long-Necked Jar, With inscription, Korea, Three Kingdoms period (Baekje), 6th - 7th century
Stoneware Stand for Horn-shaped Vessels, Korea, Three Kingdoms period (Silla), 5th - 6th century (Important Art Object, Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Stoneware Lobed Ewer, Korea, Goryeo dynasty, 11th - 12th century
Lobed Ewer, Celadon glaze with flowering plant design in underglaze iron, Korea, Goryeo dynasty, 12th century (Gift of Dr. Yokogawa Tamisuke)
Bowl with Two Handles, Buncheong ware; fish design in sgraffito on white slip, Korea, Joseon dynasty, 15th - 16th century
Vase, Catfish design in underglaze blue, Korea, Joseon dynasty, 19th century (Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Tea Bowl, Oido type, Knowan as Sano-ido, Korea, Joseon dynasty, 16th century (Gift of Mr. Hirota Matsushige)

  
Buddhist Art of Korea
Room 10  June 24, 2014 (Tue) - December 7, 2014 (Sun)

This part features the essence of Korean Buddhist art.
Current exhibit includes:
Round Eave Tile, Spoke and lotus flower design, Excavated from Qianqiuzhong, Ji'an, China, Three Kingdoms period (Goguryeo), 4th - 5th century (Gift of Mr. Yatsui Seiichi)
Round Eave Tile, Lotus flower design, Excavated from Wolsong, Gyeongju, Korea, Three Kingdoms period (Silla), 7th century
Round Eave Tile, Kalavinka design, Unified Silla dynasty, 8th - 9th century (Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Ridge-end Tile, Demon face design, Excavated from former temple site of Sacheonwang-sa temple, Gyeongju, Korea, Unified Silla dynasty, 7th - 8th 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, Three Kingdoms period, 7th century (Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Standing Buddha, Korea, Unified Silla dynasty, 8th century, Gift of the Ogura Foundation
Bell, With year inscription, Korea, Goryeo dynasty, dated 1107 (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Nishiarai daishi Soujiji, Tokyo)

  
Art of the Joseon Dynasty
Room 10  September 17, 2014 (Wed) - December 7, 2014 (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:
Bookshelf, Korea, Joseon dynasty, 19th century (Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Dongdari (Government official's military uniform), Korea, Joseon dynasty, 19th century (Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Saekdong Jeogori (Child's jacket), Korea, Joseon dynasty, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Tokugawa Yorisada)
Water Dropper, Korea, Joseon dynasty, 18th century (Gift of Mr. Tsukagoshi Masa'aki)
Tteoksal (Stamp for making patterns on rice cakes), Korea, Joseon dynasty, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Hirota Matsushige)

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  July 1, 2014 (Tue) - December 7, 2014 (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 8, 2014 (Tue) - April 12, 2015 (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  July 1, 2014 (Tue) - December 7, 2014 (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)
Large Dish, Water buffalo design in overglaze enamel, Vietnam, 16th century

  
Asian Textiles: Cashmere Shawl
Room 13  September 9, 2014 (Tue) - December 7, 2014 (Sun)

This exhibition features examples of European-taste cashmere shawls in the Tokyo National Museum collection. Also on display are shawls in the collection of the Hirayama Ikuo Silk Road Museum: they include early-period pieces considered to have been worn by Indian royalty in around the 17th century as well as fine pieces with vividly colored designs produced in the first half of the 19th century.

Current exhibit includes:
Cashmere Shawl, Tapestry weave, embroidery, and patchwork with paisley design on white ground, 18th - 19th century
Sash, Brocade with flower and arabesque design on gold ground, 17th century

  
Indian Miniature Paintings
Room 13  September 30, 2014 (Tue) - November 3, 2014 (Mon)

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:
Kalpa Sutra: Queen Trishala Gives Birth to Mahavira, Western India, Late 15th - early 16th century
Lady in Pavilion Watching Approaching Storm, Kishangarh school, India, Second half of 18th century
Nalopakhyana: Gods Attending the Husband-choosing Ceremony for Princess Damayanti, Guler school, India, Early 19th century
Mahabharata: Brothers Draupadi and Pandavas Assemble at King Drupad’s Palace, Kangra school, India, Late 18th - early 19th century