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A New Way to Experience Folding Screens through High-resolution Facsimiles:
Battles of Ichi-no-tani and Yashima, from the Tale of the Heike

This exhibition of high-resolution Facsimiles allows visitors to fully appreciate the folding screens Battles of Ichi-no-tani and Yashima, from the Tale of the Heike. The originals of these reproductions are in the collection of the British Museum, and dramatically depict scenes of the war between the Taira and Minamoto clans.

Although folding screens were used for centuries to decorate and partition interior spaces, they are no longer a part of everyday life in Japan. In this exhibition, visitors can closely examine reproduced screens on tatami mats, with no exhibition cases to interfere with the experience. Furthermore, the lighting is adjusted to reproduce even the atmosphere of the time in which tones and renderings unique to gold-leafed folding screens can be appreciated.

 

About "Battles of Ichi-no-tani and Yashima, from the Tale of the Heike"


Originals Edo period, 17th century
Color and gold leaf on paper 155.4×373.8 cm
Owned by the British Museum
High-Resolution Facsimiles 2018
Printed on Japanese paper; with gold leaf 155.4×373.8 cm
Owned by the Nathional Center for the Promotion of Cltural Properties

 

About High-Resolution Facsimiles

These high-resolution Facsimiles, which have been donated to the National Institutes for Cultural Heritage, were created as part of the “Tsuzuri Cultural Heritage Inheritance Project,” conducted by Canon Inc. and the Kyoto Culture Association, a non-profit organization. This project was launched with the aim of making precious cultural assets from ancient Japan accessible to a wider audience while protecting the originals from deterioration. The exhibition is intended to present the outcomes of projects initiated by the National Center for the Promotion of Cultural Properties, which aims to promote effective utilization of cultural assets.

 

 

Date
October 23, 2018 (Tue) - December 2, 2018 (Sun)  
Venue
Honkan-Room T4
Hours
9:30-17:00; Fridays, Saturdays, October 31, and November 1: until 21:00
(Last entry 30 minutes before closing)
Admission
These works can be viewed by paying the admission fee for regular exhibils.
* The special exhibitions Collaborative Exhibition Project between the Tokyo National Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art: Marcel Duchamp and Japanese Art (Tuesday, October 2, 2018–Sunday, December 9, 2018, Heiseikan Special Exhibition Galleries) and The Buddhist Sculptures of Daiho’onji, Kyoto: Masterpieces by Kaikei and Jokei (Tuesday, October 2, 2018–Sunday, December 9, 2018, Heiseikan Special Exhibition Galleries), require separate admission fees.
Organizers
Tokyo National Museum, Nathional Center for the Promotion of Cltural Properties
General Inquiries
E-mail: bkc@nich.go.jp