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Adorable animals from Kasuga

The special exhibition Eternal Treasures from Kasugataisha Shrine (Tuesday, January 17–Sunday, March 12, 2017; Heiseikan) introduces many treasures featuring charming animals such as tigers, cats, and sparrows, as well as deer, which are deeply connected with the establishment of Kasugataisha shrine.

Which one is your favorite?

List of entries
1. Buddhist Reliquary on Seated Deer with Outer Case, Edo period, dated 1652
2.    Kasuga gongen genki-e (Illustrated Miracles of the Kasuga Deity), Kasuga version, Scroll 1, Edo period, dated 1807
3. Deer, Edo period, 17th century 
4. White Deer, By Morikawa Toen, Edo period, dated 1866 
5, 6. Sword Mounting Tachi (long sword)-style, With tweezer-shaped opening, Heian period, 12th century (National Treasure, on exhibit through February 19)
7, 8. Oyoroi-type Armor with Red Lacing Ornaments of bamboo, tigers, and sparrows, Kamakura to Nanbokucho period, 13th–14th century(National Treasure, on exhibit from February 14)
9. Shishi Lion Gardian (Fourth shrine), Muromachi period, 16th century
10.  Koma-inu Dog Gardian (Third shrine), Muromachi period, 16th century
11.  Sword and Mounting Tachi (long sword)-style, With tweezer-shaped opening, Design of lions on ikakeji sprinkled gold ground.
        Mounting:Kamakura period, 13th century
        Blade:Heian period, 12th century (National Treasure, on exhibit from February 14)
12. Costume for Ringa, Azuchi-Momoyama to Edo period, 16th–17th century (on exhibit from February 14)


*All works are preserved by the Kasugataisha Shrine.
*Click the thumbnail to view larger images.

 

 

1.White Deer
 1.White Deer
2. Deer family
 2. Deer family
3. Back shot of deer
 3. Back shot of deer
4.White Deer
 4.White Deer

 

5.Cat
 5.Cat
6.Sparrows
 6.Sparrows
7.Tiger
 7.Tiger
8.Sparrow
 8.Sparrow

 

9.<i>Shishi</i> Lion
 9.Shishi Lion
10.<i>Koma-inu</i> Dog
 10.Koma-inu Dog
11.<i>Shishi</i> Lion
 11.Shishi Lion
12.Mouse
 12.Mouse

 

 

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