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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 18, 2019 (Tue) - June 7, 2020 (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 28, 2019 (Tue) - May 24, 2020 (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 28, 2019 (Tue) - May 24, 2020 (Sun)

Including:
Deep Bowls, Excavated at Hanamiyama Site, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa, Jomon period, 11,000–7,000 BC (Lent by the Yokohama City Board of Education, Kanagawa)
Deep Bowl, Excavated at Natsushima Shell Mound, Yokosuka-shi, Kanagawa, Jomon period, 7,000–4,000 BC, Important Cultural Property (Lent by the Meiji University Museum, Tokyo)
Deep Bowl, Excavated at Nakano-shi, Nagano, Jomon period, 4,000–3,000 BC
Deep Bowls, Excavated at Habitation Site 1, Takikubo Site, Kokubunji-shi, Tokyo, Jomon period, 3,000-2,000 BC (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Musashi Kokubunji, Tokyo)
Spouted Vessel, Excavated at Usonosawa, Maita, Towada-shi, Aomori, Jomon period, 2,000-1,000 BC (Important Cultural Property)
Irregularly-shaped Footed Vessel, Excavated at Shimonumabe Shell Mound, Ota-ku, Tokyo, Jomon period, 1,000-400 BC (Private collection)

  
Interaction with the Asian Continent and the Pottery of an Agricultural Society
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  May 28, 2019 (Tue) - May 24, 2020 (Sun)

Including:
Pot, Excavated at northern side of Hachiman Jinja, Miyadoko, Itoda-machi, Fukuoka, Miyadoko, Itoda-machi, Fukuoka, Yayoi period, 4th–3rd century BC
Jar, Excavated at Nijofukae, Itoshima-shi, Fukuoka, Yayoi period, 4th-3rd century BC
Stemmed Cup, From Funahashi Site, Kashiwara-shi and Fujiidera-shi, Osaka, Yayoi period, 2nd–1st century BC (Gift of Mr. Tamura Atsumasa)
Jar with Human Face Ornament, From Ozakata Site, Ozakata Hondenmae, Chikusei-shi, Ibaraki, Yayoi period, 2nd–1st century BC (Gift of Mr. Tanaka Kunio)
Jar, Excavated at Shishibu, Koga-shi, Fukuoka, Yayoi period, 1st–3rd century
Pot, Excavated at Shirakuchi, Araki-machi, Kurume-shi, Fukuoka, Yayoi period, 1st–3th century (Gift of Mr. Antoku Shunzo)

  
Political Maturation and the Creation of Symbols of Authority
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 4, 2019 (Tue) - May 31, 2020 (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 with Double-rimmed Mouth, Haji earthenware, Excavated at 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  June 4, 2019 (Tue) - May 31, 2020 (Sun)

Including:
(no english)直弧文鏡, From Shin'yama Tumulus, Koryo-cho, Nara, Kofun period, 4th century (Lent by The Imperial Household Agency)
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)
Ceremonial Object in Shape of Staff, Provenance unknown, Kofun period, 4th century

  
Large Burial Mounds and the Increase in Metal Production
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 4, 2019 (Tue) - May 31, 2020 (Sun)

Including:
Visored Helmet, From Otsukayama Tumulus, Gion, Kisarazu-shi, Chiba, Kofun period, 5th century
Iron Shield, Preserved at Isonokami-Jingu, Tenri-shi, Nara, Kofun period, 5th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Isonokami Jingu, Nara)
House-shaped Vessel, Excavated at Daidoji Tumulus, Wakayama-shi, Wakayama, Kofun period, 5th century
Iron Adz, From Omaruyama Tumulus, Kofu-shi, Yamanashi, Kofun period, 4th–5th century

  
The Rise of Provincial Clans and the Development of a Unique Culture
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 4, 2019 (Tue) - May 31, 2020 (Sun)

Including:
Mirror with Five Bells, Excavated at Showa-mura, Tone-gun, Gunma, Kofun period, 5th–6th century
Saddle Fittings, Excavated at Ashikaga Koenroku Tumulus, Ashikaga-shi, Tochigi, Kofun period, 6th–7th century (Gift of Mr. Ogawa Kozaburo)
Pommel with Silver Inlay, From Hongo, Fujioka-shi, Gunma, Kofun period, 6th century (Important Art Object)
Footed Jar with Ornaments, Sue stoneware, Excavated at Ogasayama, Osafune-cho, Setouchi-shi, Okayama, Kofun period, 6th century

  
Late Burial Mounds and Influence from the Asian Continent
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 4, 2019 (Tue) - May 31, 2020 (Sun)

Including:
Mirror, Animal and Grape design, From Nishi Kuruno-cho, Gojyo-shi, Nara, Kofun period, 7th century
Gilt Bronze Crown, Excavated at Yamanoue Tumulus, Iwaki-shi, Fukushima, Kofun (Asuka) period, 7th century
 

  
The Beginnings of a State under the Ritsuryo System
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  May 28, 2019 (Tue) - May 24, 2020 (Sun)

Including:
Cinerary Urn, Excavated at Fumi no Nemaro's Tomb, Yataki, Haibara-ku, 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)
Round Eave Tile, Design of Lotus flower, From the ruins of Asuka-dera, Asuka-mura, Nara, Asuka period, 6–7th 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 28, 2019 (Tue) - May 24, 2020 (Sun)

Including:
Mirror with Image of Zao Gongen, Excavated at Kinpusen, Tenkawa-mura, Nara, Heian period, 10th–12th century (Important Cultural Property)
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 28, 2019 (Tue) - May 24, 2020 (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)
Cinerary Urn, Excavated at Shingu, Keitoku-machi, Kitakata-shi, Fukushima, Nanbokucho period, dated 1335 (Gift of Mr. Goto Masao)
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 28, 2019 (Tue) - May 24, 2020 (Sun)

Including:
Roof Tile, Edo period, 17th–19th century
Round Eave Tile with Gold Leaf, With 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)
Incense Burner, Lion design, By Jokei; Raku ware, Shiro-raku typeExcavated on the premises of the Tokyo National Museum, Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Edo period, 17th century
Ridge-end Tile, Excavated at the Tokyo National Museum premises, Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Edo period, 17th–19th century

1st floor: Japanese Archaeology (Thematic Exhibitions)

  
Daily Tools of the Jomon Period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  May 28, 2019 (Tue) - May 24, 2020 (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 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 28, 2019 (Tue) - May 24, 2020 (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, 2000–1000 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, 2000–400 BC (Gift of Mr. Sakura Samojiro)

  
Dogu: Objects for Prayer from the Jomon Period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  May 28, 2019 (Tue) - May 24, 2020 (Sun)

Including:
Dogu (Clay figurine), With goggle-shaped eyes, Excavated from Ebisuda, Tajiri Kabukuri, Osaki-shi, Miyagi, Jomon period, 1000–400 BC (Important Cultural Property)
Dogu (Clay figurine), With an Owl-shaped Face, Excavated at Takimamuro, Konosu-shi, Saitama, Jomon period, 1000–400BC
Clay TabletWith face decoration, Excavated at Yabata, Yuki-shi, Ibaraki, Jomon period, 1000–400 BC (Important Art Object)
Doban, Clay Tablet, Excavated at Fukuda Shell Mound, Inashiki-shi, Ibaraki, Jomon period, 1000–400 BC (Important Cultural Property, Gift of Mr. Inoue Tsuneichi and Mrs. Inoue Fumiko)
Gangu (Stone Figurine), Excavated at Komukai, Nanbu-cho, Aomori, Jomon period, 1000–400 BC

  
Daily Tools of the Yayoi Period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  May 28, 2019 (Tue) - May 24, 2020 (Sun)

Including:
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)
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)
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
Unfinished Blonze Arrowhead, From Shiga, Yayoi period, 1st–3rd century
(no title) From鳥取市浜坂出土, 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 28, 2019 (Tue) - May 24, 2020 (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
Horse Bell, Excavated at 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)
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 28, 2019 (Tue) - May 24, 2020 (Sun)

Including:
Dotaku (Bell-shaped bronze), Attributed provenance: Kagawa prefecture, Yayoi period, 2nd-1st century BC (National Treasure)
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 28, 2019 (Tue) - May 24, 2020 (Sun)

Including:
Spade, Whale bone, Excavated at Etomo-cho, Muroran-shi, Hokkaido, Epi-Jomon period, 2nd–1st century BC
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  June 4, 2019 (Tue) - May 31, 2020 (Sun)

Including:
Mirror, Deity and imaginary creature design, From Izumikoganezuka Tumulus, Izumi-shi, Osaka, Kofun period, 4th century (Chinese-made: 3rd century) (Important Cultural Property)
Mirror, Human figure design, Passed down at Suda Hachiman Jinja, Hashimoto-shi, Wakayama, Kofun period, 5th–6th century (National Treasure)

  
Development of the Production of Beads and Jade Objects
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 4, 2019 (Tue) - May 31, 2020 (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)

  
King's power to be inherited
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 4, 2019 (Tue) - May 31, 2020 (Sun)

Including:
(no english)盤龍鏡, Kofun period, 4th century (Created in China, 2nd–3rd century)
Mirror with Triangular Rim Design of three Buddhist deities and three beasts, Excavated at Dodogaike Tumulus, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, Kofun period, 4th century
Horse Pendant with Bells, Excavated at Kokuzuka Tumulus, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, Kofun period, 5th century (Gift of Mr. Hamuro Nagamichi)
Gilt Bronze Belt Fittings, With bells, Excavated at Kokuzuka Tumulus, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, Kofun period, 5th century (Gift of Mr. Hamuro Nagamichi)
Gilt Bronze Belt Fittings, Excavated at Kokuzuka Tumulus, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, Kofun period, 5th century (Gift of Mr. Hamuro Nagamichi)

  
View of Life and Death of Kofun Period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 4, 2019 (Tue) - May 31, 2020 (Sun)

Including:
Stone Ritual Dagger, Excavated at Tsuruyama Maruyama Tumulus, Bizen-shi, Okayama, Kofun period, 4th-5th century
Ritual Axe, Stone, From Ihinowakeme, Katori-shi, Chiba, Kofun period, 4th–5th century (Gift of Mr. Suzuki Kamataro)
Ritual Axe, Stone, From Shimosano Tennozan Tumulus, Takasaki-shi, Gunma, Kofun period, 5th century (Gift of Mr. Horiguchi Kikujiro and Mr. Horiguchi Magojiro)
Shell Bracelet, Excavated at Ikusabara Tumulus, Nanokaichi, Izumo-shi, Shimane, Kofun period, 4th century
 

  
Regional color of Ancient Tomb Culture
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 4, 2019 (Tue) - May 31, 2020 (Sun)

Including:
Warabite Sword, Excavated at Moizari No. 11 Tumulus, Eniwa-shi, Hokkaido, Satsumon period, 8th century
Forceps, Excavated at Moizari No. 11 Tumulus, Eniwa-shi, Hokkaido, Satsumon period, 8th century

  
Ceremony of the Kofun Period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 4, 2019 (Tue) - May 31, 2020 (Sun)

Including:
Cheek Plates of Horse Bits, With bells, Excavated at Uenoyama Tumulus, Shimonoseki-shi, Yamaguchi, Kofun period, 6th century (Gift of Toyonishi-village, Yamaguchi)
Bell on a Bent Handle, Excavated at Shiroishi Inariyama Tumulus, Fujioka-shi, Gunma, Kofun period, 5th century
Stone Mirror, Excavated at Kanra-machi, Gunma, Kofun period, 5th century (Gift of Mr. Miki Michitaro)
Vessel, Woven basket design, Excavated at Kihara, Miho-mura, Ibaraki, Kofun period, 4th century (Gift of Mr. Tokugawa Yorisada)
 

  
The Development of Sue pottery
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 4, 2019 (Tue) - May 31, 2020 (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 Jar with Smaller Vessels, Excavated at Kaihozuka Tumulus, Ibaraki-shi, Osaka, Kofun period, 6th century (Gift of Mr. Kitaura Tomoshichi)
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 18, 2019 (Tue) - June 7, 2020 (Sun)

Including:
Warrior in Tanko Armor, Haniwa (Terracotta tomb figurine), Excavated at Kamichujo, Kumagaya-shi, Saitama, Kofun period, 6th century (Important Cultural Property)
Haniwa (Terracotta tomb object), Chair, Excavated at Akabori Chausuyama Tumulus, Isesaki-shi, Gunma, Kofun period, 5th century
Boat, Haniwa (Terracotta tomb ornament), Excavated at Saitobaru Burial Mounds, Saito-shi, Miyazaki, Kofun period, 5th century (Important Cultural Property)
Haniwa (Terracotta tomb object), House with smaller houses, Excavated at Saitobaru Tumuli, Saito-shi, Miyazaki, Kofun period, 5th century (Important Cultural Property)

  
Development of Figural Haniwa Tomb Figurines
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 18, 2019 (Tue) - June 7, 2020 (Sun)

Including:
Man in Playing the Zither, Haniwa (Terracotta Tomb Figurine), Reportedly from Sakuragawa-shi, Ibaraki, Kofun period, 6th century (Private collection)
Haniwa (Terracotta tomb object), Boar, Excavated at Tenjin'yama, Sakai Kamitakeshi, Isesaki-shi, Gunma, Kofun period, 6th century (Important Cultural Property)
Haniwa (Terracotta tomb object), Horse, Excavated at Hinatajima, Kamichujo, Kumagaya-shi, Saitama, Kofun period, 6th century (Important Cultural Property)
 

  
The Niizawa Senzuka Tombs and Exchange with the Asian Continent
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 4, 2019 (Tue) - December 1, 2019 (Sun)

Including:
Square Decorative Plate Gold; in openwork, Excavated at Niizawa Senzuka No. 126 Tumulus, Kitanowaki, Kawanishi-cho, Kashihara-shi, Nara, Kofun period, 5th century (Important Cultural Property)
Gold Earring with Pendant, Excavated at Niizawa Senzuka No. 126 Tumulus, Kawanishi-cho, Kashihara-shi, Nara, Kofun period, 5th century (Important Cultural Property)
Glass Bowl, Excavated at Niizawa Senzuka No. 126 Tumulus, Kawanishi-cho, Kashihara-shi, Nara, Kofun period, 5th century (Important Cultural Property)

  
Ancient Swords with Inscriptions and the Society of the Kofun Period
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 4, 2019 (Tue) - May 31, 2020 (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  June 4, 2019 (Tue) - May 31, 2020 (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 28, 2019 (Tue) - May 24, 2020 (Sun)

Including:
(no english)和同開珎, Provenance unknown, Nara period, 8th century
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 28, 2019 (Tue) - May 24, 2020 (Sun)

Including:
Epitaph of Fumi no Nemaro, Excavated at Fumi no Nemaro's Tomb, Uda-shi, Nara, Asuka period, dated 707 (National Treasure)
Epitaphs of Oharida no Yasumaro, Excavated at Oharida Yasumaro's Tomb, Tsugekoka-cho, Nara-shi, Nara, Nara period, dated 729 (Important Cultural Property)

  
Tiles with Buddhist Images
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  May 28, 2019 (Tue) - December 25, 2019 (Wed)

Including:
Tile with Image of Buddha Triad, Excavated at Minami Hokkeji Temple, Takatori-cho, Nara, Asuka period, 7th century, Important Cultural Property
Tile with Image of Buddhist Divinity, Excavated at Kariyado Temple (nonextant), Shirakawa-shi, Fukushima, Asuka period, 7th century (Important Art Object, Gift of Mr. Katori Hozuma)
Mold for Tile with Image of Buddhist Divinity, Excavated at Yamadadera Temple Site, Sakurai-shi, Nara, Asuka period, 7th century

  
Treasures Preserved at an Ancient Temple
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  May 28, 2019 (Tue) - May 24, 2020 (Sun)

Including:
Comma-shaped Beads (Magatama), Excavated at Gangoji Temple, Nara-shi, Nara-shi, Nara, Nara period, 8th century
Tonbodama Beads, Excavated at Gangoji Temple, Nara-shi, Nara-shi, Nara, Nara period, 8th century
Polished Spherical Stone, Excavated at Hokkeji Temple, Nara-shi, Nara, Nara period, 8th century
Rosary Beads, Excavated at Hokkeji Temple, Nara-shi, Nara, Nara period, 8th century

  
Sutra Mounds: Time Capsules for 5,670,000,000 Years
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  May 28, 2019 (Tue) - May 24, 2020 (Sun)

Exhibiting:
Seated Buddha Amitabha, Excavated at Gokurakuji Sutra Mound, Kodera-cho, Himeji-shi, Hyogo, Heian period, 12th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Jofukuji, Hyogo)
Seated Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha, Excavated at Gokurakuji Sutra Mound, Kodera-cho, Himeji-shi, Hyogo, Heian period, 12th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Jofukuji, Hyogo)
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
Stones with Sutra Text, 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)
Sutra Case, White porcelain, Excavated at Gogoshima Sutra Mound, Matsuyama-shi, Ehime, Heian period, 12th century (Gift of Mr. Yamauchi Etsugoro)
Sutra Case, Excavated at Harayamadera Sutra Mound, Dazaifu-shi, Fukuoka, Heian period, dated 1152
Sutra Case, Excavated at Kashioyama Sutra Mound, Katsunuma-cho, Koshu-shi, Yamanashi, Heian period, dated 1103 (Important Cultural Property)

  
Sutra Mounds of the Middle Ages
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  May 28, 2019 (Tue) - December 25, 2019 (Wed)

Including:
Sutra Case, Excavated at the peak of Mt. Oizuru, Chugu, Hakusan-shi, Ishikawa, Muromachi period, dated 1518
Seated Amida Nyorai, Mahavairocana, Excavated at the peak of Mt. Oizuru, Chugu, Hakusan-shi, Ishikawa, Muromachi period, 16th century
Standing Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha, Excavated at the peak of Mt. Oizuru, Chugu, Hakusan-shi, Ishikawa, Muromachi period, 16th century
Daggers (Tanto), Excavated at the peak of Mt. Oizuru, Chugu, Hakusan-shi, Ishikawa, Muromachi period, 16th century
Arrowhead Fragments, Excavated at the peak of Mt. Oizuru, Chugu, Hakusan-shi, Ishikawa, Muromachi period, 16th century
Spearhead, Excavated at the peak of Mt. Oizuru, Chugu, Hakusan-shi, Ishikawa, Muromachi period, 16th century

  
Toys from the Edo Period: Clay Pieces for the Menko Game and Clay Figurines
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  May 28, 2019 (Tue) - May 24, 2020 (Sun)

Including:
Men'uchi Game Pieces, Provenance unknown, Edo period, 17th–19th century
Molds for Men'uchi Game Pieces, Provenance unknown, Edo period, 17th–19th century (Gift of Mr. Goto Shuichi)
Clay Figurine, Excavated at Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Edo period, 17th–19th century

  
Earthenware Vessels Excavated from the Daimyo Residence in Edo
Japanese Archaeology Gallery  May 28, 2019 (Tue) - May 24, 2020 (Sun)

Including:
Bowl Fragment, Black glaze with "hare's fur" marks, 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)
Shards of a Jar, Transparent glaze on white slip with figure and flowering plant design in underglaze iron pigment, 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)
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)
Shard of an Ewer, Salt glaze, 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)
Shards of Delftware, 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)

1st floor

  
Thematic Exhibition Room  June 4, 2019 (Tue) - July 15, 2019 (Mon)

Every year the Tokyo National Museum acquires new works of art and other cultural properties. Last year was no exception as many objects were acquired through purchases and donations from our benefactors, with each one possessing unique value in its capacity to illustrate the culture of Japan or another country or region.

2nd floor: Special Exhibition Galleries

  
Special Exhibition Galleries  July 9, 2019 (Tue) - September 16, 2019 (Mon)

This special exhibition includes recent discoveries regarding China’s tumultuous transition from the Han Dynasty (206-220) to the Three Kingdoms period (220-280). The Han Dynasty’s decline at the end of the second century ignited a prolonged power struggle between unrelenting military leaders. The country was split into three kingdoms called Wei, Shu, and Wu, a major event that would lead to a new era in China’s history. In recent years, research into this period has been reinvigorated by the excavation of the Cao Cao Mausoleum. The artifacts recovered there present their own version of this period’s history with a persuasive candor far surpassing written historical accounts.