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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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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, 2016 (Sat) - December 23, 2016 (Fri)

Introducing various journeys with images

  
Sculptures from India and Gandhara
Room 3  January 2, 2016 (Sat) - June 26, 2016 (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, Kushan dynasty, 2nd-3rd century
Cross-legged Bodhisattva,
Kushan dynasty, 2nd-3rd century (Private collection)
Worshipping of the Bowl and Cross-legged Bodhisattvas,
3rd-4th century (Gift of Ms. Yano Tsuruko)

  
Art of the Western Regions
Room 3  January 13, 2016 (Wed) - March 6, 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:
Fragments of Statue, Kumtura Grottoes, ChinaOtani collection, 7th-8th century
Head of Female Worshipper,
Kumtura Grottoes, ChinaOtani collection, 7th-8th century
Drona,
Otani collection, Tang dynasty, 7th century

  
Artifacts from West Asia and Egypt
Room 3  January 2, 2016 (Sat) - April 10, 2016 (Sun)

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

Current exhibit includes:
Eye Idol, Excavated at Tell Brak, Syria, Second half of 4th millennium BC (Gift of Dr. Furusawa Shizuko)
Wide-mouthed Bottle with Handle,
Excavated in Iran, 11th century (Private collection)
Statue of Lion-headed Goddess Sakhmet,
Excavated at Thebes, Egypt, New Kingdom, 18th dynasty, 16th-14th century BC
Heracles,
Excavated at Hatra, Iraq, Parthian period, 1st-2nd century (Gift of Iraqi Government)
Cut Glass Goblet,
Excavated in Iran, Sasanian period, ca. 6th century (Gift of Mr. Matsumoto Toru)

3rd floor

  
The Advent of Chinese Civilization
Room 4  January 2, 2016 (Sat) - April 24, 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
Oracle Bones,
Excavated at Yinxu, Anyang, Henan province, China, Shang dynasty, 13th-11th century BC
Jade Axe,
Neolithic period, 3rd millennium BC
Gray Pottery Hu Wine Container with Beast-shaped Handles,
Spring and Autumn-Warring States period, 6th-4th century BC (Private collection)

  
Chinese Bronzes
Room 5  January 2, 2016 (Sat) - May 8, 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
Belt Fitting with Hook,
Warring States-Western Han dynasty, 3rd-2nd century BC
Umbrella Holder,
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,
Shang dynasty, 13th-11th century BC (Gift of Ms. Sakamoto Kiku)

  
Burials in China
Room 5  January 2, 2016 (Sat) - April 24, 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:
Square Jar, With pigment, Western Han dynasty, 2nd-1st century BC (Gift of Dr. Yokogawa Tamisuke)
Dish, Celadon glaze with lotus petal design,
Southern dynasties, 5th‐6th century (Gift of Dr. Yokogawa Tamisuke)
Vase with Dragon Handles, Three-color glaze,
Tang dynasty, 8th century (Important Cultural Property, Gift of Dr. Yokogawa Tamisuke)
Tomb Guardian, Three-color glaze,
Tang dynasty, 7th-8th century (Gift of Dr. Yokogawa Tamisuke)

  
Chinese Ceramics
Room 5  January 2, 2016 (Sat) - March 13, 2016 (Sun)

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

Current exhibit includes:
Lion-shaped Pillow, Transparent glaze on white slip, Cizhou ware Attributed provenance: Julu, Hebei province, China, Northern Song dynasty, 11th-12th century (Gift of Dr. Yokogawa Tamisuke)
Bowl, Boy design in underglaze blue,
Jingdezhen ware, Ming dynasty, Jiajing era (1522-66), (Gift of Dr. Yokogawa Tamisuke)
Large Dish with Foliate Rim, Lapis lazuli glaze with pavilion design in underglaze blue,
Zhangzhou ware, Ming dynasty, 17th century (Gift of Dr. Yokogawa Tamisuke)
Dish, Plum tree design in famille rose enamel,
Jingdezhen ware, Qing dynasty, Yongzheng era (1723-35), (Important Cultural Property, Gift of Dr. Yokogawa Tamisuke)

  
Auspicious Chinese Patterns
Room 5  January 13, 2016 (Wed) - April 10, 2016 (Sun)

From ancient times, the people of China decorated garments and everyday items with auspicious motifs in the hope of achieving happiness. Common patterns in Japan, such as ones with cranes or stylized “treasure” motifs, are based on auspicious patterns traditionally used in China.
In connection with the New Year, the most auspicious time of the year in China, we are displaying tapestries, garment fragments and ornaments, and other textiles with auspicious patterns in embroidery. We invite visitors to view these works while exploring their hidden meanings.

Current exhibit includes:
Embroidery, Shoulao (God of longevity) design, Ming-Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century
Gold Brocade, Vine and peony arabesque design on gold ground,
Formerly passed down by the Maeda clan, Ming dynasty, 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 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

  
Room 8  January 2, 2016 (Sat) - February 14, 2016 (Sun)

Lan Ying (1585–1664, according to one possibility) was a prominent painter of the late Ming period. Born in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, he grew tired of studying painting in this area and began travelling around Jiangnan to further his learning. Gaining the favor of leading Jiangnan literati such as Dong Qichang and Chen Jiru, he studied the classical works in their collections and the philosophy behind literati painting. He returned to Hangzhou in his later years and gave instruction to numerous pupils.
This style possesses a unique quality that makes paintings of the Wulin school instantly recognizable. It is also well known that many of Lan Ying's works were brought to Japan in the Edo period (1603–1868), where they had an influence on Japanese literati painters such as Tani Buncho.
This exhibition is the very first of its kind in Japan, providing an overview of Lan Ying and the Wulin school.

Current exhibit includes:
Wind and Snow at Mount Emei, By Zhang Gu, Ming dynasty, 17th century (Private collection)
Snowfall at Jiange,
By Liu Du (dates unknown), Ming dynasty, dated 1637 (Gift of Mr. Suzuki Mitsu)
Peony,
By Sun Di, Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century (Private collection)
Flowering Plants Symbolizing "Fortune at a Jade Hall",
By Lan Tao, Qing dynasty, dated 1679 (Private collection)
Immortals Wang Qiao and Chi Song at Mount Tianmu,
By Lan Ying, Ming dynasty, dated 1629 (Private collection)
Landscapes after Ancient Masters,
By Lan Ying, Qing dynasty, dated 1655 (Gift of Mr. Ozaki Nobumori)

  
Chinese Painting: Copies of Calligraphic Masterpieces
Room 8  February 2, 2016 (Tue) - April 10, 2016 (Sun)

When learning calligraphy, it would be ideal to model one’s writing on calligraphic works with established reputations. However, not everyone has access to such works. People therefore learned calligraphy through copybooks and rubbings of stone steles. One usually made faithful copies, but even copies can vary in style: some offer glimpses of the copiers’ individuality, while others show more liberal interpretations.
This exhibition features examples of copied works by calligraphers such as Dong Qichang and Wang Duo of the Ming, as well as Fu Shan, He Shaoji, Wu Changshuo, and Luo Zhenyu of the Qing. Through these works, visitors are invited to contemplate these calligraphers’ views of their art, how they interpreted classical works, and how preferences in calligraphic styles changed over time.

Current exhibit includes:
Writing after Written Appointment for Zhang Jiuling by Xu Hao, By Dong Qichang, Ming dynasty, 17th century (Gift of Mr. Takashima Kikujiro)
Poems, Writing after Old Copybooks, and Letters,
By Jiang Chenying, Qing dynasty, 17th century (Gift of Mr. Takashima Kikujiro)
Writing after the Letter of Liu Gongquan,
By Wang Duo, Ming dynasty, dated 1647 (Gift of Mr. Takashima Kikujiro)
Writing after the Copybooks of Huai Su,
By Shen Quan, Qing dynasty, 17th century (Gift of Mr. Aoyama San'u)

  
Chinese Literati
Room 8  February 2, 2016 (Tue) - April 10, 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:
Three Characters for Plaque in Clerical Script, By Zhao Zhiqian, Qing dynasty, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Takashima Kikujiro)
Gourd-shaped Inkstone and Case,
Formerly owned by Mr. Aoyama San'u, Qing dynasty, 18th-19th century (Gift of Ms. Saito Akiko)

5th floor

  
Chinese Lacquerware
Room 9  January 13, 2016 (Wed) - April 10, 2016 (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:
Lacquered Boxes, Western Han dynasty, 2nd-1st century BC
Tray, Dragon design in carved yellow lacquer,
Ming dynasty, dated 1589
Lidded Box in Shape of PeachLandscape and figure design in carved red lacquer,
Qing dynasty, Qianlong era

  
Decorative Art of the Qing Dynasty
Room 9  January 2, 2016 (Sat) - April 10, 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, Taotie design, Qing dynasty, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Kamiya Denbei)
Pomegranate,
Qing dynasty, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Kamiya Denbei)
Incense Burner,
Qing dynasty, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Kamiya Denbei)

  
Polished Stone Tools and Metal Tools of Korea
Room 10  October 14, 2015 (Wed) - April 17, 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)
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)
Basin, Green glaze with paired fish design,
Excavated at Pyeongyang, Korea, Nangnang (Lelang), 1st-3rd century (Gift of Mr. Oba Tsunekichi)
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 (Chinese-made) (Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Stone coffin for Jang Chungui,
Goryeo dynasty, 12th century

  
The Rises and Falls of Kings in Korea
Room 10  October 14, 2015 (Wed) - April 17, 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:
Sword with Ring-shaped Pommel, With inscription, Three Kingdoms period, 5th century
Earring,
Three Kingdoms period (Silla), 6th century (Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Three-legged Pot with Handle,
Attributed provenance: Hapcheon, Korea, Three Kingdoms period, 6th century (Important Cultural Property, 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 Helmet with Visor,
Attributed provenance: Yeonsan-dong, Busan, Korea, Three Kingdoms period, 5th century (Gift of the Ogura Foundation)

  
Korean Ceramics
Room 10  October 14, 2015 (Wed) - April 17, 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:
Stemmed Cup, GojaExcavated in Danseong, Korea, Three Kingdoms period (Gaya), first half of 6th century
Wide-mouthed Small Jar with a Hole,
Excavated in Danseong, Korea, Three Kingdoms period (Mahan), 5th century
Long-necked Footed Jar,
Excavated in Gyeongju, Korea, Three Kingdoms period (Silla), mid-5th century
Cinerary UrnWith stamped design,
Excavated in Gyeongju, Korea, Unified Silla dynasty, 8th century
Ewer, Celadon glaze with carved lotus arabesque design,
Goryeo dynasty, 12th century
Box, Celadon glaze with arabesque design in openwork,
Goryeo dynasty, 12th century
Beveled Jar, White porcelain,
Joseon dynasty, 18th century (Private collection)
Equestrian Figurine,
Three Kingdoms period (Silla), 5th-6th century (Important Art Object, Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Bowl, Buncheong ware with stamped beaded roundels design,
Joseon dynasty, 15th century (Gift of the Ogura Foundation)

  
Buddhist Art of Korea
Room 10  December 8, 2015 (Tue) - May 22, 2016 (Sun)

This part  features the essence of Korean Buddhist art.

Current exhibit includes:
Ridge-end TileDemon face design, Excavated from Wolsong, 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)
Standing Vairocana,
Unified Silla-Goryeo dynasty, 9th-10th century (Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Seated Bodhisattva with One Leg Pendent,
Three Kingdoms period, 7th century (Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Glass Ewer,
Attributed provenance: Yeonbaek, Korea, Goryeo dynasty, 11th-12th century (Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Gong, With year inscription,
By Han Jungseo, Goryeo dynasty, dated 1213

  
Art of the Joseon Dynasty
Room 10  November 25, 2015 (Wed) - February 14, 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:
Outer Garment (Dangui), Joseon dynasty, second half of 19th century (Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Chima Garment,
Joseon dynasty, second half of 19th century (Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Rear Ornament of Government Official's Garment,
Joseon dynasty, 19th century (Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Sakyamuni with Deities,
Joseon dynasty, dated 1591 (Lent by the OKURA MUSEUM OF ART, Tokyo)
Gathering of Buddhist Deities,
Joseon dynasty, 17th century
Box, Peony arabesque design in mother of pearl inlay,
Joseon dynasty, 17th century (Gift of Mrs. Yamamoto Haruko)

Basement

  
Khmer Sculpture
Room 11  June 30, 2015 (Tue) - May 29, 2016 (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  June 30, 2015 (Tue) - May 29, 2016 (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, Sukhothai period, 13th century (Gift of Mr. Miki Sakae)
Head of Crowned Buddha,
Ayutthaya period, 16th-17th century (Gift of Mr. Miki Sakae)
Standing Buddha,
Dvaravati period, 7th-8th century
Finial for a Shaft in the Shape of Naga,
Angkor period, 12th century (Acquired through exchange with l'École française d'Extrême-Orient)

  
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  December 15, 2015 (Tue) - May 29, 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:
JarIncised pattern design, Excavated at Angkor, Angkor period, 10th-11th century, Acquired through exchange with l'École française d'Extrême-Orient
Elephant-shaped Vessel, Dark brown glaze,
Angkor period, 12th-13th century
Bowl, Fish design in underglaze iron,
15th-16th century (Gift of Dr. Yokogawa Tamisuke)
Water Ewer in Shape of a Kundika, Arabesque design in underglaze blue,
15th-16th century (Private collection)

  
Asian Textiles: Textiles of Nomadic People from West Asia
Room 13  January 13, 2016 (Wed) - April 10, 2016 (Sun)

These textiles were collected by Ms. Matsushima Kiyoe, a researcher of nomadic peoples who was passionate about the nomads of West Asia. She collected these items in West Asia from the 1960s to the 1980s.

Current exhibit includes:
Fragment of Piled Bag, Soumak weave; cat, figure, and geometric pattern design on red ground, Early 20th century (Gift of Mr. Konishi Akito)
Rug for Prayer, Tapestry weave; mihrab (prayer niche) and floral geometric pattern design on white, dark red, and light blue ground,
Early 20th century

  
Indian Miniature Paintings
Room 13  February 2, 2016 (Tue) - February 28, 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:
Dwarf Incarnation of Vishnu (Vamana Avatar), Late 18th century
Marriage of Shiva and Parvati,
First half of 19th century

  
Ethnic Cultures of Asia: Wood Sculpture of the Payuan Indigenous People of Taiwan
Room 13  January 13, 2016 (Wed) - April 10, 2016 (Sun)

This exhibition shows wooden artifacts that were used mainly by the noble class at festivals and ceremonies. Patterns on the surfaces of these objects represent a sense of admiration and awe towards ancestral spirits.
In particular, the patterns with motifs such as of human figures and snakes, which typically are symbolic of ancestral spirits of the noble class, constitute an important element characteristic of wood sculpture created by the Payuan people. This exhibition sheds light on two-dimensional yet lively depictions of ancestral spirits on various pieces of wood sculpture.

Current exhibit includes:
Seat with Human Face, Pingtung County, Taiwan, Second half of 19th-early 20th century
Connected Cups, Majia-xiang, Pingtung County, Taiwan, Second half of 19th-early 20th century
Sword, Southern Taiwan, Second half of 19th-first half of 20th century