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Cultural Properties in 8K: The National Treasure “Illustrated Biography of Prince Shotoku”

This national treasure, which once adorned Eden, the Hall of Paintings, of Horyu-ji Temple in Nara, was painted almost one thousand years ago, based on the legend of Prince Shotoku (574-622). Now, it has been captured in detail with an ultra-high-definition camera. Viewers can freely zoom in on the images by using a tablet and display them on an 8K monitor, vividly bringing the prince’s story to life.

 

About The National Treasure “Illustrated Biography of Prince Shotoku”

Originals By Hata no Chitei
Heian period, Enkyuu 1(1069)
Color on twill-weave silk / 10 panels
Tokyo National Museum

 

The National Treasure “Illustrated Biography of Prince Shotoku” (detail)
【部分】太子、群臣に先んじて皇后を拝する

【部分】太子が諸童子の言を復唱するところを、父が密かに見る

 

About the 8K Art Viewer

Each 1.9-by-1.5-meter painting in the illustrated biography was photographed in twenty-eight sections, which were then pieced back together to create 1.8 billion pixels of data. Viewers can quickly navigate the display by using a tablet, and enjoy 8K ultra-high definition even when zoomed in.

 

Date
November 27, 2018 (Tue) - December 25, 2018 (Tue)  
Venue
The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures-Reference Room
Admission
These works can be viewed by paying the admission fee for regular exhibits.
* 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