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Celebrating 130 Years of Amity between Japan and Thailand
Thailand: Brilliant Land of the Buddha

Celebrating 130 Years of Amity between Japan and Thailand
Thailand: Brilliant Land of the Buddha / Heiseikan Special Exhibition Galleries   July 4, 2017 (Tue) - August 27, 2017 (Sun)

  
Miniature Elephant, Ayutthaya, Early 15th century, Chao Sam Phraya National Museum

Commemorating the 130th year of diplomatic ties between Japan and Thailand, the two countries collaborated with concerted efforts on this exhibition. Throughout the long history of Thailand, Buddhism was closely tied with the people’s daily lives. A diverse Buddhist culture flourished, and extravagant works of fine and applied arts were produced. This exhibition gathers a choice selection of Buddhist art, together with treasures that are rarely exhibited outside the country, to introduce the role of Buddhism in the development of cultures in Thailand.

 

Highlights of the Exhibition

General Information

 

Highlights of the Exhibition

 

 

Part 1 The World of Buddhism in Ancient Thailand

Part 1, “The World of Buddhism in Ancient Thailand,” features the religious backgrounds of kingdoms that created the conditions for Thai culture to emerge. These kingdoms are from a time pre-dating the rise of the Thai kingdoms. This section covers a period that stretches from the 5th century, when Buddhist statues were introduced to the region that is now Thailand, through the 7th to 9th century, when Buddhist culture blossomed across the land, and up to the 13th century, when the Thai people began establishing kingdoms.

 

ナーガ上の仏陀坐像


Seated Buddha on Naga Muchilinda

Sri Vijaya, End of the 12th–13th century
National Museum, Bangkok
 
法輪





Dharmachakra (Wheel of the Law)

Dvaravati, 7th century
National Museum, U Thong
 
アルダナーリーシュヴァラ坐像



Seated Ardhanarishvara

Khmer in Thailand, Pre-Angkor, 8th–early 9th century; National Museum, Ubon Ratchathani

 

 

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Part 2 Sukhothai: The Dawn of Happiness

Part 2, “Sukhothai: The Dawn of Happiness,” features the early Thai kingdoms of Sukhothai and Lanna Thai. It introduces how, under sovereign rule, these kingdoms received Theravada Buddhism from Sri Lanka, and how the two kingdoms were connected through Buddhism. In the Sukhothai period, a religious belief in Buddha footprints began, and this trend continued into future generations throughout Thailand.

 

仏陀坐像



Seated Buddha

Sukhothai, 15th century
Sawan Woranayok National Museum, Gift of Phra Sawan Woranayok
 
ワット・ソラサック碑文
(detail)



Inscription of Wat Sorasak

Sukhothai, dated 1417, Ram Khamhaeng National Museum
 
仏陀遊行像





Walking Buddha

Sukhothai, 14th–15th century
Sawan Woranayok National Museum, Gift of Phra Sawan Woranayok
 

 

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Part 3 Ayutthaya: The Glittering Capital

Part 3, “Ayutthaya: The Glittering Capital,” look at Ayutthaya, a city renowned for its international trade. Part 3 focuses on the new Buddhist art that emerged from Ayutthaya’s relationships with surrounding kingdoms.

 

金舎利塔




Miniature Stupa

Ayutthaya, Early 15th century
Chao Sam Phraya National Museum
 
金象





Miniature Elephant

Ayutthaya, Early 15th century
Chao Sam Phraya National Museum
 
金冠




Cula Moungkut (Royal Headdress)

Ayutthaya, Early 15th century
Chao Sam Phraya National Museum
 

 

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Part 4 Siam: Japan’s Dreams of the South

Part 4, “Siam: Japan’s Dreams of the South,” look at Ayutthaya, a city renowned for its international trade. Part 4 highlights the port of Ayutthaya through its connections with Japan.

 

Scene of the Katina Anisansa Ritual
(detail)
Scene of the Katina Anisansa Ritual
Ratanakosin, dated 1918
National Library of Thailand
[on exhibit from August 1, 2017]
 

 

瑞鳥獣唐草文蒟醤八角箱
Octagonal Box, Kinma Siamese Lacquerware, Auspicious birds, beasts, and arabesque design
Lanna Thai, 16th–17th century
Tokyo National Museum
 

 

寺院用布 黄木綿地合掌天人幾何文様更紗
寺院用布 黄木綿地合掌天人幾何文様更紗 部分


Ceremonial Cloth, Siamese Chintz

Early 19th century
National Museum, Bangkok
[on exhibit through July 30, 2017]

 (detail)

 

 

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Part 5 Rattanakosin: Indra’s Jewel

Part 5, “Rattanakosin: Indra’s Jewel,” uses Buddhist art to present the restoration and development of Ayutthaya’s culture that was aspired to by the new city of Rattanakosin, as well as new interactions between Japan and Thailand in modern times.

 

Main Door Panel of Wat Suthat Thep Wararam, by Rama II



Main Door Panel of Wat Suthat Thep Wararam, by Rama II

Ratanakosin, 19th century
National Museum, Bangkok
 
従三十三天降下図




right: Banner, Descent of Buddha from Trayastrimsa Heaven

Ratanakosin, 19th century
National Museum, Bangkok
[on exhibit through July 30, 2017]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
象鞍

Howdah

Ratanakosin, 18th–19th century
National Museum, Bangkok
 

 

金板装拵刀

Japanese Style Sword with Embossed Gold Mounting

Ratanakosin, 19th century
National Museum, Bangkok
 

 

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General Information

Period Tuesday, July 4 - Sunday, August 27, 2017
Venue Heiseikan, Tokyo National Museum (Ueno Park)
Hours 9:30 - 17:00, Fridays and Saturdays until 21:00
Sundays and July 17 until 18:00
(Last entry 30 minutes before closing)
Closed Mondays and July 18 (Except for July 17 and August 14)
Admission Adults: 1600 (1400/1300) yen
University students: 1200 (1000/900) yen
High school students: 900 (700/600) yen
Junior high school students and under: Free 
* Prices shown in parentheses indicate advance and group (more than 20 persons) discount tickets.
* Persons with disabilities are admitted free with one accompanying person each (please present an ID at the ticket booth).
*

Advance tickets will be on sale at the museum ticket booths (during museum opening hours excluding the last 30 minutes) and other major ticketing agencies from April 8, 2017 to July 3, 2017.

Access 10 minutes' walk from JR Ueno Station (Park exit) and Uguisudani Station
15 minutes' walk from Keisei Ueno Station, Tokyo Metro Ueno Station and Tokyo Metro Nezu Station
Organizers Tokyo National Museum, The Department of Fine Arts, Thailand, Nikkei Inc., BS Japan Corporation
Co-organizer The Japan Foundation Asia Center
With the Support of Royal Thai Embassy, Tourism Authority of Thailand
With the Sponsorship of NEC Corporation, Kao Corporation, Gurunavi, Inc., Starts Group, DAIKIN INDUSTRIES, LTD., Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd., Toray Industries, Inc., TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION, Mitsubishi Corporation
With the Assistance of Nippon Cargo Airlines Co., Ltd.
Catalog, Audio guide The exhibition catalog (2,500 yen) is available at the Heiseikan Special Exhibition Shop and at the museum shop in Honkan (Japanese Gallery). Audio guide (Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean) is available for 520 yen.
General Inquiries 03-5777-8600  (Hello Dial)
Exhibition Website http://www.nikkei-events.jp/art/thailand/ (In Japanese)

 

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