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The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures

The building was designed by Yoshio Taniguchi and has been furnished with the latest in conservation technology. The reference room on the 2nd floor mezzanine has the "digital archive" which allows visitors to view the entire collection of Horyuji Treasures on computer with explanations provided in Japanese, Chinese, Korean, English, and French. A restaurant is located on the ground floor.
* The Horyuji Treasures consist of over 300 valuable objects, mainly from the 7th - 8th century, which were donated to the Imperial Household by Horyuji Temple in 1878.

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1st floor: Kanjo-ban (Banner for the Kanjo Ceremony) , Gilt Bronze Buddhist Statues, Halos, Repousse Buddhist Images, Gigaku Masks

  
Kanjo-ban (Banner for the Kanjo Ceremony)
Room 1  March 15, 2016 (Tue) - April 2, 2017 (Sun)

Including:
Kanjobanbanner with canopy for Kanjo Ceremony, Asuka period, 7th century (National Treasure)

  
Gilt Bronze Buddhist Statues, Halos, Repousse Buddhist Images
Room 2  March 15, 2016 (Tue) - April 2, 2017 (Sun)

Including:
Amida (Amitabha) and Two Attendants, Asuka period, 7th century (Important Cultural Property)
Seated Bosatsu (Bodhisattva) with One Leg Pendent, Asuka period, dated 606 or 666 (Important Cultural Property)
Amida (Amitabha) Triad and Two Priests, Made by hammering copper plates, Asuka period, 7th century (Important Cultural Property, On exhibit through July 3, 2016; On exhibit from August 30, 2016)

  
Gigaku Masks
Room 3  August 2, 2016 (Tue) - August 28, 2016 (Sun)

Including:
Gigaku Mask Shishiko, Asuka period, 7th century (Important Cultural Property)
Gigaku Mask Chido, Asuka period, 7th century (Important Cultural Property)
Gigaku Mask Suiko, Asuka-Nara period, 8th century (Important Cultural Property)

2nd floor: Wooden and Lacquer wares , Metalwork, Painting, Calligraphy, Textiles

  
Wooden and Lacquer Works
Room 4  August 9, 2016 (Tue) - October 2, 2016 (Sun)

Including:
Arrow with Kabura (Sound-making Device), Nara period, 8th century (Important Cultural Property)
Quiver, With painted decoration,
Nara period, 8th century (Important Cultural Property)

  
Metalwork
Room 5  April 26, 2016 (Tue) - April 9, 2017 (Sun)

Including:
Incense Burner with Magpie's Tail-shaped Handle, Asuka period, 7th century (National Treasure)
Pitcher with Dragon Head,
Asuka period, 7th century (National Treasure)
Mirror, Design of sea and islands,
Tang dynasty or Nara period, 8th century (National Treasure)

  
Textiles: Newly Discovered Mokkan Wooden Tablets from the 7th Century
Room 6  August 23, 2016 (Tue) - September 19, 2016 (Mon)

From among unsorted materials in the collection of the Tokyo National Museum, wooden tablets with inscriptions have been newly discovered. These tablets were inserted into the upper, main sections of Buddhist ritual banners called ban to prevent them from becoming distorted. Written in ink on these tablets are letters from the Chinese textbook Qianziwen (Thousand-character text), the names of nuns, and records for the sale of salt. These eight tablets were wrapped in Japanese paper with writing in red that read “No. 4: Inkcakes from Silla.” Considering that inkcakes from the Korean kingdom of Silla have been preserved in the Shosoin Repository in Nara, it has been confirmed that these tablets were originally stored in this repository.
The writings on these tablets are invaluable especially for examining life at temples in ancient times, and future research in this field is eagerly awaited.

Including:
Textiles:
Large Kanton-ban (Buddhist Ritual Banner), Asuka - Nara period, 7th - 8th century
Inserts for Buddhist Ritual Banners (Originally wooden tablets),
Formerly preserved at Horyuji, Asuka-Nara period, 7th-8th century