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Special Exhibition

NATIONAL TREASURE: FROLICKING ANIMALS

Image of "Frolicking Animals, Volume 1 (detail), Heian period, 12th century (Kosan-ji, Kyoto)"

Frolicking Animals, Volume 1 (detail), Heian period, 12th century (Kosan-ji, Kyoto)

Heiseikan Special Exhibition Galleries :April 13, 2021 (Tue) - May 30, 2021 (Sun)

The National Treasure "Frolicking Animals" is one of the most famous works in the history of Japanese painting. It depicts the activities of anthropomorphized animals and people in energetic monochrome ink lines. All scenes from all four volumes of "Frolicking Animals" will be on view during the exhibition period. They will be displayed alongside fragments separated from the main scrolls and copies of scenes now lost to the originals. The exhibition also features selected treasures from Kosan-ji’s collection, including the Important Cultural Property Seated Sculpture of Priest Myoe, an image usually off limits to the public. These convey the allure of Myoe and Kosan-ji.

Upcoming The 1400th Memorial for Prince Shōtoku
HŌRYŪJI
Prince Shōtoku and Treasures of Early Buddhist Faith in Japan

Image of ""Prince Shōtoku" from Prince Shōtoku and Attendants, Heian period, 1121 (Hōan 2), Hōryūji Temple, Nara (National Treasure)"

"Prince Shōtoku" from Prince Shōtoku and Attendants, Heian period, 1121 (Hōan 2), Hōryūji Temple, Nara (National Treasure)

Heiseikan Special Exhibition Galleries :July 13, 2021 (Tue) - September 5, 2021 (Sun)

Hōryūji Temple is said to have been founded in 607 (Suiko 15) by Empress Suiko (554–628) and Prince Shōtoku (574–622) in what is now Nara Prefecture. Prince Shōtoku earnestly sought after Buddhist truths and built the foundation for the future of Japanese culture. His achievements include establishing a system of twelve courtly ranks and promulgating a set of ethical mores that came to be known as the "Seventeen Article Constitution." After his death, Prince Shōtoku was semi-deified and gained an active religious following. The figure of Prince Shōtoku that we inherit today is this coalescence of history, mythology, and faith.

The year 2021 marks the 1,400th anniversary of Prince Shōtoku's passing, and this exhibition is held to commemorate this occasion. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn of Prince Shōtoku's accomplishments as they take in the beauty of the many treasures passed down at the temple he founded.

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