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Heiseikan

The Heiseikan, built to commemorate the crown prince's wedding in 1993, serves primarily as the space for special exhibitions. For this purpose there are four special exhibition galleries on the second floor, as well as the Japanese Archaeological Gallery.

Floor Map


1st floor: Japanese Archaeology (Woman in full dress Haniwa)

  
Important Cultural Property: Haniwa (Terracotta tomb figurine), Woman in formal attire
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 26, 2018 (Tue) - June 16, 2019 (Sun)

Exhibiting:
Haniwa (Terracotta tomb figurine), Woman in formal attire, Excavated at Yokozuka, Toyoshiro-cho, Isesaki-shi, Gunma, Kofun period, 6th century (Important Cultural Property)

 

1st floor: Japanese Archaeology (Chronological Exhibition)

  
The Beginning of Tool Making in the Paleolithic Era
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  May 8, 2018 (Tue) - May 26, 2019 (Sun)

Including:
Polished Stone Axes, From Kannoki Site, Shinano-machi, Nagano, Paleolithic period, 35000 BC (Lent by Nagano Prefectural Museum of History, Nagano)
Trapezes, From Kannoki Site, Shinano-machi, Nagano, Paleolithic period, 35000 BC (Lent by Nagano Prefectural Museum of History, Nagano)
Backed Blades, From Kannoki Site, Shinano-machi, Nagano, Paleolithic period, 35000 BC (Lent by Nagano Prefectural Museum of History, Nagano)
Microblades, Excavated at Oketo Azumi Site, Oketo-cho, Hokkaido, Paleolithic period, 18000 BC (Gift of Mr. Matsudaira Yoshito)
Gravers, Excavated from Araya site, Nagaoka-shi, Niigata, Paleolithic period, 16000 BC (Gift of Mr. Hoshino Ryo)

  
Permanent Settlements and the Creation of Pottery
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  May 8, 2018 (Tue) - May 26, 2019 (Sun)

Including:
Stone Rod, Excavated at Hirabayashi, Fujikawa-cho, Yamanashi, Jomon period, 3000-2000 BC (Gift of Mr. Hosaka Chojiro)
Deep Bowls, Excavated at Hanamiyama Site, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa, Jomon period, 11000-7000 BC (Lent by the Yokohama City Board of Education, Kanagawa)
Deep Bowl, Excavated at Natsushima Shell Mound, Yokosuka-shi, Kanagawa, Jomon period, 7000-4000 BC (Important Cultural Property, Lent by the Meiji University Museum, Tokyo)
Deep Bowls, Excavated at Habitation Site 1, Takikubo Site, Kokubunji-shi, Tokyo, Jomon period, 3000-2000 BC (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Musashi Kokubunji, Tokyo)
Vessel with Spout, Excavated at Yoyama Shell Mound, Choshi-shi, Chiba, Jomon period, 2000-1000 BC (Private collection)
Footed Shallow Bowl, Excavated at Kizukuri Kamegaoka, Tsugaru-shi, Aomori, Jomon period, 1000-400 BC

  
Interaction with the Asian Continent and the Pottery of an Agricultural Society
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  May 8, 2018 (Tue) - May 26, 2019 (Sun)

Including:
Jar, Excavated at Uriwari, Hirano-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka, Yayoi period, 4th-3rd century BC
Jar, Excavated at Uriwari, Hirano-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka, Yayoi period, 4th-3rd century BC
Stem Cup, Excavated at Higashioda-Nanaita, Chikuzen-machi, Fukuoka, Yayoi period, 2nd-1st century BC (Lent by Chikuzen Education Board, Fukuoka)
Jar Stand, From Higashioda-Nanaita Site, Chikuzen-machi, Fukuoka, Yayoi period, 2nd-1st century BC (Lent by Chikuzen-machi Education Commission)
Burial Jar, For an infant child, Excavated in Saga prefecture, Yayoi period, 2nd-1st century BC
Jar, Excavated at Mizuho-c, Mizuho-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi, Yayoi period, 1st-3rd century
Stemmed Dish, Excavated at Mizuho-cho, Mizuho-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi, Yayoi period, 1st-3rd century

  
Political Maturation and the Creation of Symbols of Authority
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  May 15, 2018 (Tue) - June 2, 2019 (Sun)

Including:
Mirror with Semi-triangular Rim, Design of Two Divinities and Two Animals, From Samidatakarazuka Tumulus, Kawai-cho, Nara, Kofun period, 4th–5th century (Important Cultural Property)
Jar, Haji earthenware, Excavated at Iwase Oyama Nekozuka Tumulus, Takamatsu-shi, Kagawa, Kofun period, 3rd–4th century (Gift of Kagawa Prefecture)
Jar, Haji earthenware, From Shonai Site Toyonaka-shi, Osaka, Kofun period, 3rd century (Gift of Mr. Hashimoto Sotaro)
Mirror, Triangular rim with divinity, beast, chariot, and horse design, Excavated from Oiwayama Tumulus, Koshinohara, Yasu-shi, Shiga, Kofun period, 4th–5th century (Gift of Mr. Sawa Tomonoshin and Mr. Kobayashi Kuichi)
Mirror with Triangular Rim, Dragon and tiger design, Excavated from Izumikoganeduka Tumulus, Izumi-shi, Osaka, Han-Western Jin dynasty, 2nd–3rd century (Japan: Kofun period, 4th–5th century) (Important Cultural Property)

  
The Yamato Kingdom and the Production of Symbols of Authority
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  May 15, 2018 (Tue) - June 2, 2019 (Sun)

Including:
Mirror, Alternated geometric pattern with beast design, Excavated from Samita takarazuka Tumulus, Kawai-cho, Nara, Kofun period, 4th–5th century, Important Cultural Property
Iron Sword with Floral Ring Pommel, With inscription in gold inlay, Excavated at Todaijiyama Tumulus, Tenri-shi, Nara, Kofun period, 4th century; sword blade: created in China, 2nd century (National Treasure)
House-shaped Ring Pommel, Excavated at Todaijiyama Tumulus, Tenri-shi, Nara, Kofun period, 4th century (National Treasure)
Mirror, Hunting scene design, Attributed provenance: Yawatabara-machi, Takasaki-shi, Gunma, Kofun period, 4th–5th century (Important Cultural Property)
Ceremonial Object in Shape of Staff, Precious stone, Provenance unknown, Kofun period, 4th century

  
Large Burial Mounds and the Increase in Metal Production
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  May 15, 2018 (Tue) - June 2, 2019 (Sun)

Including:
Visored Helmet, From Otsukayama Tumulus, Gion, Kisarazu-shi, Chiba, Kofun period, 5th century
Steatite Adze, Excavated at Noge Otsuka Tumulus, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, Kofun period, 5th century (Important Cultural Property)
Iron Shield, Preserved at Isonokami-Jingu, Tenri-shi, Nara, Kofun period, 5th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Isonokami Jingu, Nara)
Short Cuirass, Vertical iron bands joined with leather, Excavated from Omaruyama Kofun, Koaza Higashiyama, Shimomukoyama-cho, Kofu-shi, Yamanashi, Kofun period, 4th century
House-shaped Vessel Sue stoneware, Excavated at Daidoji Tumulus, Musota, Wakayama-shi, Wakayama, Kofun period, 5th century

  
The Rise of Provincial Clans and the Development of a Unique Culture
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  May 15, 2018 (Tue) - June 2, 2019 (Sun)

Including:
Mirror with Five Bells, Excavated at Showa-mura, Tone-gun, Gunma, Kofun period, 5th–6th century
Saddle Fittings, Excavated from Ashikagakoenroku tumulus, Midori-cho, Ashikaga-shi, Tochigi, Kofun period, 6th-7th century; restored in 1999 (Gift of Mr. Ogawa Kozaburo)
Pommel with Silver Inlay, From Hongo, Fujioka-shi, Gunma, Kofun period, 6th century (Important Art Object)
Flat Vessel, Sue stoneware, Excavated at Karamatsu, Niimi-shi, Okayama, Kofun period, 6th–7th century
Bronze Bracelet with Bells, Excavated from Ueno Tumulus, Chikusei-shi, Ibaraki, Kofun period, 5th–6th century

  
Late Burial Mounds and Influence from the Asian Continent
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  May 15, 2018 (Tue) - June 2, 2019 (Sun)

Including:
Mirror, Animal and Grape design, From Nishi Kuruno-cho, Gojyo-shi, Nara, Kofun period, 7th century
Small coffin, From kamikobayashi-cho, Ota-shi, Gunma, Kofun (Asuka) period, 7th–8th century (Gift of Mr. Takano Yasaburo)

  
The Beginnings of a State under the Ritsuryo System
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  May 15, 2018 (Tue) - May 26, 2019 (Sun)

Including:
Lidded Jar Three-color glaze, Excavated at Ai, Ibaraki-shi, Osaka, Nara period, 8th century (Important Cultural Property)
Cinerary Urn, Excavated at Fumi no Nemaro's Tomb, Yataki, Haibara-ku, Uda-shi, Nara, Asuka period, dated 707 (National Treasure)
Round Eave Tile, Design of Lotus flower, From the ruins of Asuka-dera, Asuka-mura, Nara, Asuka period, 6th-7th century
Five-storied Stupa of Fired Clay, From Tamako-machi, Higashimurayama-shi, Tokyo, Nara period, 8th century
Shibi (kite-shaped ridge-end ornament), From the ruins of temple at Tosaka"Takaida," Kashiwara-shi, Osaka, Asuka-Nara period, 7th-8th century

  
Mountain Worship and the Belief in the Decline of Buddhism
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  May 15, 2018 (Tue) - May 26, 2019 (Sun)

Including:
Mirror with Image of Zao Gongen, Excavated at Kinpusen, Tenkawa-mura, Nara, Heian period, 10th–12th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Ominesanji, Nara)
Mirror with Image of Zao Gongen in Hairline Engraving, Excavated at the Mount Omine Peak Site, Tenkawa-mura, Nara, Heian period, 10th–12th century Important Art Object)
Bronze Image of Zao Gongen, From Tomb at Mount Omine Peak, Tenkawa-mura, Nara, Heian period, 10th–12th century (Important Art Object)
Finial of Priest’s Staff, Bronze, From Mount Nantaisan Peak Tomb, Tyugusi, Nikko-shi, Tochigi, Heian-Kamakura period, 10th–13th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Futarasan-jinja, Tochigi)
Bell with Handle, Bronze, From Mount Nantaisan Peak Tomb, Tyugusi, Nikko-shi, Tochigi, Heian–Kamakura period, 10th–13th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Futarasan-jinja, Tochigi)
Iron Spearheads, From Mount Nantaisan Peak Tomb, Tyugusi, Nikko-shi, Tochigi, Heian–Kamakura period, 10th–13th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Futarasan-jinja, Tochigi)

  
Life and Death in the Kamakura Period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  May 15, 2018 (Tue) - May 26, 2019 (Sun)

Including:
Itabi with Sanskrit Characters Symbolizing Amitabha Triad, Muromachi period, dated 1457
Ewer, White porcelain, Jingdezhen ware, ChinaFrom Minamishiga-cho, Otsu-shi, Shiga, Kamakura Period, 13th–14th century (Northern Song dynasty, 11th century), (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Omi-jingu, Shiga)
Jar, Autumn grass design, From Minami Kase, Saiwai-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa, Heian period, 12th century (National Treasure, Lent by Keio University, Tokyo)

  
Objects Excavated from Edo
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  May 15, 2018 (Tue) - May 26, 2019 (Sun)

Including:
Roof Tile, Edo period, 17th–19th century
Round Eave Tile with Gold Leafwith plum brossom crest, From Yuraku-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Edo period, 17th century
Cakra Wheel, From site of Honmaru Palace, Edo Castle, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Edo period, 17th century
Gold coin (Keicho oban), Azuchi-Momoyama~Edo period, 16th–17th century (Gift of Mr. Okawa Isao)

1st floor: Japanese Archaeology (Thematic Exhibitions)

  
Daily Tools of the Jomon Period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  May 8, 2018 (Tue) - May 26, 2019 (Sun)

Including:
Toggling Harpoon HeadIn shape of swallow tail, Excavated at Nakazawahama Shell Mound, Rikuzentakata-shi, Iwate, Jomon period, 1000–400 BC (Gift of Mr. Tokugawa Yorisada)
Fishhook,
Excavated at Hibiki Shell Mound, Higashi Matsushima-shi, Miyagi, Jomon period, 2000–400 BC
Chipped Stone Arrowheads,
From Furukaido Nagane, Gonohe-machi, Aomori, Jomon period, 2000–400 BC (Gift of Mr. Ewatari Kuamagoro)
Saw Shaped Stone Objects,
From Tomie-machi, Goto-shi, Nagasaki, Jomon period, 2000–1000 BC (Gift of Mr. Konishi Hajime)
Grindstone,
Excavated at Araya, Shimamori, Nango, Hachinohe-shi, Aomori, Jomon period, 2000–400 BC (Gift of Mr. Matsudate Tomiharu)
Grinding Slab,
Excavated at Shimamori, Nango, Hachinohe-shi, Aomori, Jomon period, 2000–400 BC (Gift of Mr. Matsudate Tomiharu)

  
Accessories and Objects for Prayer from the Jomon Period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  May 8, 2018 (Tue) - May 26, 2019 (Sun)

Including:
Bone Hairpin, Excavated at Kamitakatsu Shell Mound, Tsuchiura-shi, Ibaraki, Jomon period, 2000–400 BC
Clay Earring,
Excavated at Nakatakase, Akiruno-shi, Tokyo, Jomon period, 2000–400 BC (Gift of Mr. Shiono Hanjuro)
Pendant,
From Usozawa Shell Mound, Otomo-cho, Rikuzen-takata-shi, Iwate, Jomon period, 2000–400 BC (Gift of Mr. Tokugawa Yorisada)
Stone Rod,
Excavated at Furubira-cho, Hokkaido, Jomon period, 2,000–1,000 BC
Stone Object in Shape of Chinese Broadsword,
Provenance unknown, Jomon period, 3000–1000 BC (Private collection)
Headgear-shaped Stone Object,
Excavated at Shiojiri-machi, Shiojiri-shi, Nagano, Jomon period, 2,000–400 BC (Gift of Mr. Sakura Samojiro)

  
Dogu: Objects for Prayer from the Jomon Period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  May 8, 2018 (Tue) - May 26, 2019 (Sun)

Including:
Dogu (Clay figurine) With tied hair, Excavated at Kowaze, Hinohara, Mishima-machi, Fukushima, Jomon period, 1,000–400 BC (Private collection)
Clay Mask, Excavated at Kamegaoka, Kizukuri, Tsugaru-shi, Aomori, Jomon period, 1000–400 BC (Important Cultural Property)
Doban, Clay tablet, Excavated at Shimonumabe Shell Mound, Ota-ku, Tokyo, Jomon period, 1000–400 BC (Private collection)
Gangu (Stone Figurine), Excavated at Komukai, Nanbu-cho, Aomori, Jomon period, 1000–400 BC

  
Daily Tools of the Yayoi Period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  May 8, 2018 (Tue) - May 26, 2019 (Sun)

Including:
Wooden Clog Used in Rice Field, Excavated at Sena Site, Aoi-ku, Shizuoka-shi, Shizuoka, Yayoi period, 2nd century BC-3rd century AD (Lent by Shizuoka Prefectural Education Commission)
Wooden Hoe,
Excavated at Nagasaki Site, Shimizu-ku, Shizuoka-shi, Shizuoka, Yayoi period, 2nd century BC–3rd century AD (Lent by Shizuoka Prefectural Education Commission)
Tip of Bronze Spade Blade,
Excavated at Tateishi, Kokura, Kasuga-shi, Fukuoka, Yayoi period, 1st–3rd century
Iron Axe,
Excavated at the mountain behind Korinji Temple, Shinonoi, Nagano-shi, Nagano, Yayoi period, 2nd–1st century BC
Stone Rice Reaper,
Excavated at Takeshita, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka, Yayoi period, 4th–1st century BC
Unfinished Blonze Arrowhead,
From Shiga, Yayoi period, 1st–3rd century
Octopus Trap Jar,
Excavated at Tadei-cho, Sakai-ku, Sakai-shi, Osaka, Yayoi period, 2nd century BC–3rd century AD (Gift of Mr. Watada Zentaro)
Clay Spindle Whorl,
Excavated at Orimoto-cho, Tsuzuki-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa, Yayoi period, 2nd–1st century BC (Gift of Ms. Noguchi Kane)

  
Accessories and Ritual Implements from the Yayoi Period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  May 8, 2018 (Tue) - May 26, 2019 (Sun)

Including:
Glass Cylindrical Beads ([Kudatama]) and Small Beads, Excavated at Maebaru Higashi (Futagozuka), Itoshima-shi, Fukuoka, Yayoi period, 1st–3rd century
Bronze Bracelet,
Excavated at Nishiyama Park, Nishiyama-cho, Sabae-shi, Fukui, Yayoi period, 1st–3rd century
Bronze Horse Bell,
From Saho Toyotama-machi, Tsushima-shi, Nagasaki, Yayoi period, 1st–3rd century
Polished Stone Halberd,
Excavated at Matsugasako, Nakaitoda, Itoda-machi, Fukuoka, Yayoi period, 2nd century BC–3rd century AD (Gift of Mr. Nishimura Shinjiro and another)
Polished Stone Dagger,
Excavated at Kan'nonji Temple, Fukuchiyama-shi, Kyoto, Yayoi period, 2nd–1st century BC (Gift of Mr. Asakura Hanzo)
Axe-shaped Stone Object,
Provenance unknown, Yayoi period, 1st century BC–3rd century AD (Private collection)
Oracle Bone,
Excavated at Bishamon C Cave, Miura-shi, Kanagawa, Yayoi period, 1st–3rd century

  
Bronze Ritual Implements of the Yayoi Period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  May 8, 2018 (Tue) - May 26, 2019 (Sun)

Including:
Dotaku (Bell-shaped bronze), Excavated at Mizotani, Kehi, Toyooka-shi, Hyogo, Yayoi period, 2nd–1st century BC (Important Cultural Property)
Bronze Sword with "Insect Antenna" Pommel, Excavated at Sakadou, Mine, Mine-machi, Tsushima-shi, Nagasaki, Yayoi period, 1st–3rd century
Bronze Sword with "Insect Antenna" Pommel, Excavated at Kawazu, Kashiwazaki, Karatsu-shi, Saga, Yayoi period, 2nd–1st century BC
Bronze Halberd, Narrow blade type, Excavated at Yasu Nagata, Yubi-machi, Tosu-shi, Saga, Yayoi period, 2nd–1st century BC (Gift of Mr. Moji Tsuneo)
Mold of Bronze Halberd, Excavated at Ichiinoki, Kami Izumi, Kuboizumi-machi, Saga-shi, Saga, Yayoi period, 2nd–1st century BC (Important Cultural Property)
Dotaku (Bell-shaped bronze), Excavated at Oiwayama, Koshinohara, Yasu-shi, Shiga, Yayoi period, 1st–3rd century (Important Cultural Property)

  
The Post-Jomon Culture in Hokkaido
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  May 8, 2018 (Tue) - May 26, 2019 (Sun)

Including:
Spade, Whale bone, Excavated at Etomo-cho, Muroran-shi, Hokkaido, Epi–Jomon period, 2nd–1st century BC
Deep Bowl,
Excavated at Etomo-cho, Muroran-shi, Hokkaido, Epi–Jomon period, 2nd–1st century BC
Jar,
Excavated at Bentenjima Island, Nemuro-shi, Hokkaido, Okhotsk Culture period, 5th–6th century
Fish-shaped Stone Object,
Provenance unknown, Epi–Jomon period, 2nd–1st century BC (Gift of Mr. Tokugawa Yorisada)
Pendant, Fur-seal fang,
Excavated at Yukawa Shell Mound, Hakodate-shi, Hokkaido, Epi–Jomon period, 2nd century BC–3rd century AD (Gift of Mr. Tokugawa Yorisada)

  
Ancient Chinese Mirrors from Japanese Kofun Burial Mounds
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  May 15, 2018 (Tue) - June 2, 2019 (Sun)

Including:
Mirror (Inscription of Date 238), Divinity and Animal Design, Kofun period, 4th century (Important Cultural Property, On exhibit through August 26, 2018, On exhibit from January 2, 2019)
Mirror, Human figure design,
Passed down at Suda Hachiman Jinja, Hashimoto-shi, Wakayama, Kofun period, 5th–6th century (National Treasure)

  
Imported Bronze Mirrors and Japanese Bronze Mirrors
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  May 15, 2018 (Tue) - June 2, 2019 (Sun)

Bronze mirrors of Japan’s Yayoi (ca. 5th century BC–3rd century AD) and Kofun (ca. 3rd–7th century) periods were either imported from China or created on the Japanese archipelago. The former were mostly in the Han style, created after the Eastern Han dynasty (25–220). Japanese mirrors were modeled on Chinese ones. Many are smaller in size with some featuring attached bells.

Including:
Mirror, Deity and animal design, Excavated at Izumi Koganezuka Tumulus, Izumi-shi, Osaka, Kofun period, 4th century (Created in China, 3rd century) (Important Cultural Property, on exhibit through November 25, 2018)
Mirror, Buddhist deity and animal design,
Excavated at Obosan Tumulus, Kurashiki-shi, Okayama, Kofun period, 6th century (Created in China, 5th century, on exhibit through November 25, 2018)
Mirror, Divinity and Animal Design,
Kofun period, 4th century (Created in China, 3rd century) (Important Cultural Property, on exhibit from November 27, 2018)

  
Development of the Production of Beads and Jade Objects
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  May 15, 2018 (Tue) - June 2, 2019 (Sun)

Including:
Comma-shaped Bead (Magatama), Jasper, Excavated at Izumi Koganezuka Tumulus, Izumi-shi, Osaka, Kofun period, 4th–5th century (Important Cultural Property)
Cylindrical Beads (
Kudatama), Jasper, Excavated at Funakiyama No. 24 Tumulus, Motosu-shi, Gifu, Kofun period, 4th–5th century
Irregularly-shaped Cylindrical Beads (
Kudatama), Jasper, Excavated at Izumi Koganezuka Tumulus, Izumi-shi, Osaka, Kofun period, 4th–5th century (Important Cultural Property)
Faceted Bead, Crystal,
Excavated at Izumi Koganezuka Tumulus, Izumi-shi, Osaka, Kofun period, 4th–5th century (Important Cultural Property)
Jujube-shaped Beads Jadeite,
Excavated at Izumi Koganezuka Tumulus, Izumi-shi, Osaka, Kofun period, 4th–5th century (Important Cultural Property)

  
Various Treasured Articles
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  May 15, 2018 (Tue) - June 2, 2019 (Sun)

After the 4th century, treasured articles made of stone, such as jasper and green tu, were created. The production of these articles was initiated
by the Yamato Kingdom based in the Kinai region, where Nara and Kyoto are located today, with the assistance of chiefs from the Hokuriku region, which lies to the north along the Japan Sea. Initially, these articles were created mainly in the shapes of bracelets, vessels, and weapons, but a wider variety of steatite objects began to be created from the end of the 4th century.

Including:
Stone Ritual Sickle, Excavated at Samita Takarazuka Tumulus, Kawai-cho, Nara, Kofun period, 4th–5th century (Important Cultural Property, on exhibit through November 25, 2018)
Stone Ritual Tubs,
Excavated at Noge Otsuka Tumulus, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, Kofun period, 5th century (Important Cultural Property, on exhibit through November 25, 2018)
Stone Ritual Clogs,
Excavated at Noge Otsuka Tumulus, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, Kofun period, 5th century (Important Cultural Property, on exhibit through November 25, 2018)

  
Agricultural Tools of the Kofun Period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  May 15, 2018 (Tue) - June 2, 2019 (Sun)

In the 5th century, advanced forging techniques were introduced from the Korean peninsula to the Japanese archipelago, resulting in changes in the points of iron blades that were mounted on agricultural tools. The dissemination of highly functional agricultural tools, which increased production in forestry and agriculture, had a great eect on the society of the Kofun period.

Including:
Iron Adze, Excavated at Hazeyama Tumulus, Iizuka-shi, Fukuoka, Kofun period, 5th–6th century (Gift of Mr. Abe Eizo, on exhibit through November 25, 2018)
Iron Sickle,
Excavated at Hazeyama Tumulus, Iizuka-shi, Fukuoka, Kofun period, 5th–6th century (Gift of Mr. Abe Eizo, on exhibit through November 25, 2018)
Iron Hoe,
Excavated at Miwa Katayama Tumulus, Nankoku-shi, Kochi, Kofun period, 5th–6th century (Gift of Mr. Ichihara Kamenosuk, on exhibit through November 25, 2018)
Iron Adz,
From Omaruyama Tumulus, Kofu-shi, Yamanashi, Kofun period, 4th century (on exhibit from November 27, 2018)
Iron Adz,
From Choshizuka Tumulus, Shimosone-cho, Kofu-shi, Yamanashi, Kofun period, 4th century (on exhibit from November 27, 2018)
Iron Saw,
From Nasuhachimanzuka Tumulus, Ogawa-machi, Tochigi, Kofun period, 4th century (on exhibit from November 27, 2018)

  
Changes in Weaponry
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  May 15, 2018 (Tue) - June 2, 2019 (Sun)

Including:
IRing-shaped Pommel, Floral design, Excavated at Todaijiyama Tumulus, Tenri-shi, Nara, Kofun period, 4th century (National Treasure)
Ring-shaped Pommel, Dragon design, From Kaihozuka tumulus, Ibaraki-shi, Osaka, Kofun period, 6th century
Ring-shaped Pommel, Three-leaf design, Excavated at Shogun'yama Tumulus, Gyoda-shi, Saitama, Kofun period, 6th–7th century

  
Rituals of the Kofun Period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  May 15, 2018 (Tue) - June 2, 2019 (Sun)

Including:
Comma-shaped Bead (Magatama), Pottery, Excavated at Inoko Site, Bando-shi, Ibaraki, Kofun period, 5th–6th century (Gift of Mr. Kimura Kiichi)
Comma-shaped Beads (
Magatama), Steatite, Excavated at Inoko Site, Bando-shi, Ibaraki, Kofun period, 5th–6th century (Gift of Mr.Kimura Kiichi)
2 magatama beads,
Excavated at Inoko Site, Bando-shi, Ibaraki, Kofun period, 5th–6th century (Gift of Mr.Kimura Kiichi)
27 perforated plaques,
Excavated at Inoko Site, Bando-shi, Ibaraki, Kofun period, 5th–6th century (Gift of Mr.Kimura Kiichi)
Hand-molded Vessel,
Excavated at Inoko Site, Bando-shi, Ibaraki, Kofun period, 5th–6th century (Gift of Mr.Kimura Kiichi)

  
Funerals of the Kofun Period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  May 15, 2018 (Tue) - June 2, 2019 (Sun)

Including:
Pillow, From site at Kamihosoi-machi, Maebashi-shi, Gunma, Kofun period, 5th century (on exhibit through November 25, 2018)
Ritual Pillow, Stone,
From Takakura Tumulus, Takakura, Narita-shi, Chiba, Kofun period, 5th–6th century (Gift of Mr. Nemoto Yasutaro, on exhibit through November 25, 2018)
Flower-shaped Ornament for Stone Headrest, Stone,
From Komatsu Kouzaki-machi, Katori-gun, Chiba, Kofun period, 5th–6th century (Gift of Mr. Endo Daijiro, on exhibit through November 25, 2018)
Headrest for Deceased, Stone,
Kofun period, 5th century (on exhibit from November 27, 2018)

  
The Development of Sue pottery
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  March 6, 2018 (Tue) - June 2, 2019 (Sun)

This technique originated in China’s gray pottery and was later introduced from Korea to Japan, where local production began in the 5th century.
At the Suemura site in present-day Osaka in particular, many kilns were in operation until the Heian period (794–1192). From the late 5th century, sue ware kilns were built in various regions of Japan, and the pottery they produced was also placed in burial mounds with the deceased. Even after the Nara and Heian periods, sue ware was used at temples and government offices. The techniques for making it were later used to create new types of pottery.

Including:
Short-necked Jar with Handles, Excavated at Daishogun'yama Tumulus, Tsushima-shi, Nagasaki, Kofun period, 4th-5th century
Horn-shaped Vessel, Excavated at Shishizuka Tumulus, Mihama-cho, Fukui, Kofun period, 6th century
Footed Stand with Vessels, Excavated from Hosogamizuka Tumulus, Miyagawa, Chino-shi, Nagano, Kofun period, 6th century (Important Art Object, Gift of Mr. Gomi Kenzo)
Inkstone, Excavated at Miyahara No. 1 Tumulus, Numazu-shi, Shizuoka, Kofun period, 7th century

  
Figural Haniwa Tomb Figurines and Funerary Rituals
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 5, 2018 (Tue) - June 16, 2019 (Sun)

Including:
Haniwa (Terracotta tomb object), Chair, Excavated at Akabori Chausuyama Tumulus, Isesaki-shi, Gunma, Kofun period, 5th century
Haniwa (Terracotta tomb object), House with smaller houses, Excavated at Saitobaru Tumuli, Saito-shi, Miyazaki, Kofun period, 5th century (Important Cultural Property)
Haniwa (Terracotta tomb object), House with hipped and gabled roof, Excavated at Tobi, Sakurai-shi, Nara, Kofun period, 5th century (Important Cultural Property)
Haniwa (Terracotta tomb object), Tanko armor, Excavated at Shiroishi Inariyama Tumulus, Fujioka-shi, Gunma, Kofun period, 5th century
 

  
Development of Figural Haniwa Tomb Figurines
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 5, 2018 (Tue) - June 16, 2019 (Sun)

Including:
Haniwa (Terracotta tomb figurine), Woman carrying a child on her back, Excavated at Niwatorizuka Tumulus, Moka-shi, Tochigi, Kofun period, 6th century (Gift of Mr. Hashimoto Shozaburo)
Seated Woman, Haniwa (Terracotta Tomb Figurine), From Kokai, Oizumi-machi, Gunma, Kofun period, 6th century (Important Cultural Property)
Wild Boar, Haniwa (Terracotta Tomb Figurine), From Sakaikamitakeshi, Isesaki-shi, Gunma, Kofun period, 6th century (Important Cultural Property)
Haniwa (Terracotta tomb object), Deer, Excavated at Tsukahara, Shimoyokoba, Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki, Kofun period, 6th century
Haniwa (Terracotta tomb object,), Horse, Excavated at Hinatajima, Kamichujo, Kumagaya-shi, Saitama, Kofun period, 6th century (Important Cultural Property)
Man Holding a Shield, Haniwa (Terracotta tomb figurine), Excavated at Wakamizutsuka Tumulus, Yabuzuka-cho, Ota-shi, Gunma, Kofun period, 6th century

  
The Niizawa Senzuka Tombs and Exchange with the Asian Continent
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  May 15, 2018 (Tue) - June 2, 2019 (Sun)

Objects from Niizawa Senzuka No. 126 Tumulus.

Including:
Square-shaped Crown Ornament, Gold, From Niizawa Senzuka No. 126 Tumulus, Kawanishi-cho, Kashihara-shi, Nara, Kofun period, 5th century (Important Cultural Property, On exhibit from November 27, 2018)
Gold Earrings with Pendants,
From Niizawa Senzuka No. 126 Tumulus, Kawanishi-cho, Kashihara-shi, Nara, Kofun period, 5th century (Important Cultural Property)
Glass Bowl,
From Niizawa Senzuka No. 126 Tumulus, Kawanishi-cho, Kashihara-shi, Nara, Kofun period, 5th century (Important Cultural Property)
Glass Dish,
From Niizawa Senzuka No. 126 Tumulus, Kawanishi-cho, Kashihara-shi, Nara, Kofun period, 5th century (Important Cultural Property, On exhibit from November 27, 2018)
Flat Jar With Long Narrow Neck,
Excavated at Katsuno, Takashima-shi, Shiga, Kofun period, 5th century (On exhibit through November 25, 2018)
Ewer,
Purportedly excavated from the Kinki region, Kofun period, 6th–7th century (On exhibit from November 27, 2018)

  
Ancient Swords with Inscriptions and the Society of the Kofun Period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  May 15, 2018 (Tue) - June 2, 2019 (Sun)

Including:
Iron Sword with Silver Inlay Inscription, Excavated at Eta-Funayama Tumulus, Nagomi-machi, Kumamoto, Kofun period, 5th–6th century (National Treasure)
Warrior, Sekijin (Stone Tomb Figure),
From Iwatoyama Tumulus, Yame-shi, Fukuoka, Kofun period, 6th century (Important Cultural Property)

  
The Eta Funayama Burial Mound and the Advanced Culture of Provincial Clans
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  May 15, 2018 (Tue) - June 2, 2019 (Sun)

Including:
Gilt Bronze Crown, From Eta-Funayama Tumulus, Nagomi-machi, Kumamoto, Kofun period, 5th–6th century (National Treasure)
Iron Beaked Helmet,
From Eta-Funayama Tumulus, Nagomi-cho, Kumamoto, Kofun period, 5th–6th century (National Treasure)
Iron Sword with Ring Pommel, Covered with Silver Leaf,
From Eta-Funayama Tumulus, Nagomi-machi, Kumamoto, Kofun period, 5th–6th century (National Treasure)

  
Ancient Coins
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  May 15, 2018 (Tue) - May 26, 2019 (Sun)

Including:
Kaiki Shoho, Gold Coin, Excavated at Fushimi, Nara, Nara period, 8th century (Important Cultural Property)
Casting Molds For Wado kaichin coins,
Excavated at Shimonoseki-shi, Yamaguchi, Nara period, 8th century (Gift of Mr. Shindo Zuido)

  
Ancient Japanese Tomb Epitaphs
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  May 15, 2018 (Tue) - May 26, 2019 (Sun)

Including:
Epitaph of Fumi no Nemaro, Excavated at Fumi no Nemaro's Tomb, Uda-shi, Nara, Asuka period, dated 707 (National Treasure)
Lid of Cinerary Urn of Ihokibe Tokotarihime,
Excavated at Miyanoshita, Kokufu-cho, Tottori-shi, Tottori, Nara period, dated 710 (Important Cultural Property)
Epitaphs of Oharida no Yasumaro,
Excavated at Oharida Yasumaro's Tomb, Tsugekoka-cho, Nara-shi, Nara, Nara period, dated 729 (Important Cultural Property)

  
Unearthed Clay Statues
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  May 15, 2018 (Tue) - December 25, 2018 (Tue)

Techniques for making clay statues were brought to Japan in the mid–7th century, and numerous statues of this type were made between the late Asuka and Nara periods, from the mid–7th to the 8th century. From unearthed clay statues, which are often found in fragments with their original colors faded, techniques for making them can be determined, and the existence of unrecorded, nonextant temples can be confirmed.

Including:
Fragments of Buddhist Image, Excavated at Tachibanadera Temple, Asuka-mura, Nara, Asuka period, 7th century
Fragments of Statue, Excavated at Kitanohaiji Site, Kyoto, Asuka-Nara period, 7th–8th century (Private collection)

  
Ancient Writing and Officials of the Nara Period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  May 15, 2018 (Tue) - May 26, 2019 (Sun)

Including:
Seal, Belonged to Mikasa Troop, Excavated at Kokubu, Dazaifu-shi, Fukuoka, Nara period, 8th century (Important Cultural Property)
Seal, Belonged to Onga Troop,
Excavated at Kanzeonji Temple, Dazaifu-shi, Fukuoka, Nara period, 8th century (Important Cultural Property)
Seal,
Excavated at the Site of Nasu District Office, Nakagawa-machi, Tochigi, Heian period, 9th century (Important Cultural Property)
Bronze Seal With characters "Seal of Keisokuji Temple",
Provenance unknown, Heian period, 9th–10th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Keisokuji, Tochigi)
Round Ink Slab,
Excavated at Heijokyo Capital Site, Nara-shi, Nara, Nara period, 8th century (Lent by the Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, Nara)

  
Sutra Mounds: Time Capsules for 5,670,000,000 Years
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  May 15, 2018 (Tue) - May 26, 2019 (Sun)

Including:
Ewer Handle, Excavated at Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, Heian period, 12th century
Sutra Case, Gilt Bronze,
From Nishiyama-cho, Sabae-shi, Fukui, Muromachi period, 16th century
Seashells with Sutra Text,
Excaveted at Amidadera, Mure-mura, Hofu-shi, Yamaguchi, Muromachi period, 16th century (Gift of Mr. Tokugawa Yorisada)
Outer Container for Sutra Case (Jar), Outer Container for Sutra Case (Jar) Natural glaze and incised pattern;
Atsumi ware, Atsumi ware, Excavated at Kinkeisan Sutra Mound, Hiraizumi-cho, Iwate, Heian period, 12th century (Gift of Mr. Saio Yasuo)
Sutra Case,
Excavated at Kashioyama Sutra Mound, Katsunuma-cho, Koshu-shi, Yamanashi, Heian period, dated 1103 (Important Cultural Property)

  
Mirrors excavated from sutra mounds
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  May 15, 2018 (Tue) - May 26, 2019 (Sun)

Including:
Eight-lobed Mirror with Foliate Rim, Auspicious flower and paired phoenixes design, Excavated at Hakusan Jinja Sutra Mound, Nakayama, Hachioji-shi, Tokyo, Heian period, 12th century
Mirror, Sandbank, plum tree, and pheasant design,
Excavated at Iitaka Sutra Mound, Yamaoka-cho, Ena-shi, Gifu, Heian period, 12th century (Gift of Mr. Maruyama Yasukichi and five others, On exhibit through December 25, 2018)
Mirror, Maple and paired birds design,
Excavated at Asahiyama Sutra Mound, Oka, Ito-shi, Shizuoka, Heian period, 12th century (Gift of Mr. Ayabe Genkai, Mr. Sugiyama Hirokichi, and Mr. Ogawa Eisaku, On exhibit through December 25, 2018)

  
Sutras Preserved inside Sutra Mounds: Tile, Stone, and Bronze Sutras
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  May 15, 2018 (Tue) - May 26, 2019 (Sun)

Including:
Tablets with Sutra Inscriptions, Clay, From Dainichiji Sutra Mound, Sakura, Kurayoshi-shi, Tottori, Heian period, dated 1071
Tablet with Sutra Inscriptions, Clay,
Excavated from An'yoji Sutra Mound, Asabara, Kurashiki-shi, Okayama, Heian period, 12th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by An'yoji, Okayama)
Tablet with Sutra Inscriptions, Stone,
Attributed provenance: Wakana Hachimangu shrine, Chikugo-shi, Fukuoka, Heian period, 12th century

  
Earthenware Vessels Excavated from the Daimyo Residence in Edo
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  May 15, 2018 (Tue) - December 25, 2018 (Tue)

Including:
Ceramic Shard of Bowl Black glaze with "hare's fur" marks; Jian ware, Excavated on the premises of The University of Tokyo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Edo period, 17th–18th century (Southern Song dynasty, 12th-13th century) (Archaeological Research Unit, The University of Tokyo)
Ceramic Shards of Jar, Transparent glaze on white slip with figure and flowering plant design in underglaze iron pigment; Cizhou ware,
Excavated on the premises of The University of Tokyo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Edo period, 17th–18th century (Yuan dynasty, 14th century) (Archaeological Research Unit, The University of Tokyo)
Ceramic Shards of Iznik Ware,
Excavated on the premises of The University of Tokyo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Edo period, 17th–18th century (Ottoman dynasty, 17th century) (Archaeological Research Unit, The University of Tokyo)
Ceramic Shard of Ewer Salt glaze; Frechen ware, Germany,
Excavated on the premises of The University of Tokyo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Edo period, 17th–18th century (Germany, 17th century) (Archaeological Research Unit, The University of Tokyo)
Ceramic Shards of Delftware Delftware, the Netherlands,
Excavated on the premises of The University of Tokyo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Edo period, 17th–18th century (The Netherlands, 17th century) (Archaeological Research Unit, The University of Tokyo)

  
Gold Coins Unearthed in Edo
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  May 15, 2018 (Tue) - May 26, 2019 (Sun)

Including:
Gold Coin, Keicho Koban, Excavated off the coast of Katsuzaki, Okata, Oshima-machi, Tokyo, Edo period, 16th–17th century (On exhibit through December 25, 2018)
Gold Coin, Keicho Ichibukin,
Excavated off the coast of Katsuzaki, Okata, Oshima-machi, Tokyo, Edo period, 17th century (On exhibit through December 25, 2018)
Gold Coin, Keicho Koban, Excavated at Ginza 6-chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Azuchi-Momoyama–Edo period, 16th–17th century (On exhibit from January 1, 2019)
Gold Coin, Shotoku Koban,
Excavated at Ginza 6-chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Edo period, 18th century (On exhibit from January 1, 2019)
Gold Coin, Keicho Ichibukin,
Excavated at Ginza 6-chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Azuchi-Momoyama–Edo period, 16th–17th century (On exhibit from January 1, 2019)
Gold Coin, Kenji Ichibukin,
Excavated at Ginza 6-chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Edo period, 18th century (On exhibit from January 1, 2019)
Gold Coin, Kyoho Ichibukin,
Excavated at Ginza 6-chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Edo period, 18th century (On exhibit from January 1, 2019)

1st floor

  
Thematic Exhibition Room  September 4, 2018 (Tue) - October 28, 2018 (Sun)

From the 19th to the 20th century, as transportation by sea and air between Asia, Europe, and the United States was further developed, the Museum dispatched staff for overseas research and entrusted individuals from related institutions who were travelling abroad with surveys and the acquisition of various materials. The photographs by Hayasaki Kokichi on view for this thematic exhibition were added to the Museum’s collection as a result of one of these surveys. The exhibition also includes photographs by Tsukamoto Yasushi and Sekino Tadashi of Tokyo University, introducing visitors to scenery in China from 100 years ago.

2nd floor: Special Exhibition Galleries

  
Special Exhibition Galleries  January 16, 2019 (Wed) - February 24, 2019 (Sun)

During the Tang dynasty of China (618–907), three great calligraphers–Ouyang Xun, Yu Shinan, and Chu Suiliang–perfected the style known as "standard script." While inheriting the tradition they established, Yan Zhenqing (709–785) succeeded in establishing his own style of calligraphy, which would have tremendous influence for ages to come. Bringing together exquisite works from collections in Japan and abroad, this exhibition will explore Yan Zhenqing and his work, its influence on future generations, and its reception in Japan.

  
Special Exhibition Gallery 1 & 2  October 2, 2018 (Tue) - December 9, 2018 (Sun)

kai.newoku.local/common/fckeditor/editor/filemanager/connectors/php/transfer.phpThis exhibition traces the creative activities of Marcel Duchamp (1887–1968) ― a French artist who drastically challenged the values of Western art ― mainly through works in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Featuring Duchamp’s works alongside Japanese art for comparison, the exhibition will also explore the meaning of this Japanese art, which was nurtured in social environments that differed from those of the West, as well as the aesthetic values it embodies, proposing new ways of enjoying its beauty.

  
Special Exhibition Gallery 3 & 4  October 2, 2018 (Tue) - December 9, 2018 (Sun)

Daiho’onji is an ancient temple that has stood in northern Kyoto since the early 13th century, the beginning of the Kamakura period. This exhibition will feature masterpieces of Kamakura-period sculpture such as the principle object of worship at Daiho’onji, the Sakyamuni Buddha–an image that is normally hidden from view–by Gyokai, a disciple of the renowned sculptor Kaikei; the Ten major disciples of Buddha by Kaikei; and the Six manifestations of Avalokitesvara by Higo Jokei.