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July 12, 2019 (Fri)Toyokan

Toyokan was reopened on January 2, 2013. The galleries feature art and artifacts from regions including China, Korea, Southeast Asia, Central Asia, India, and Egypt.

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1st floor

  
Chinese Buddhist Sculpture
Room 1  April 9, 2019 (Tue) - April 12, 2020 (Sun)

This section mainly features stone or gilt bronze Buddhist statues from about the 6th to the 8th century. The statues on display present the exquisite form of sculptures from the golden era of Buddhist statues in China.

Current exhibit includes:
Seated Buddha, China, Sixteen Kingdoms period, 4th century
Standing Avalokitesvara, China, Northern Wei dynasty, dated 524
Seated Bodhisattva with One Leg Pendent and Four Attendants, China, Northern Qi dynasty, 6th century
Standing Buddha Triad, China, Eastern Wei dynasty, 6th century (Important Cultural Property)
Ekadasamukha in a Niche, Baoqingsi temple, Xi'an, Shaanxi province, China, Tang dynasty, 8th century (Important Cultural Property, Gift of Mr. Hosokawa Moritatsu)
 

2nd floor

  
Oasis2 Education Space: Journey Information
Room 2  January 2, 2017 (Mon) - April 5, 2020 (Sun)

Introducing various journeys with images

  
Large Dry Lacquer Vessel
Room 2  April 2, 2019 (Tue) - April 5, 2020 (Sun)

Large Dry Lacquer Vessel, Attributed provenance: Hui County, Henan Province, China, Warring States period, 5th–3rd century BC (Important Art Object, Lent by the OKURA MUSEUM OF ART, Tokyo)

  
Sculptures from India and Gandhara
Room 3  June 25, 2019 (Tue) - June 21, 2020 (Sun)

This part mainly features Buddhist statues from Gandhara (northwestern Pakistan) and Mathura (northern, central India) from the 2nd to the 5th century. The wide variety of sculptures on display is a notable feature.

Current exhibit includes:
Seated Buddha, Kushan dynasty, 2nd–3rd century
Worship of the Bowl; Cross-legged Bodhisattvas,
3rd–4th century (Gift of Ms. Yano Tsuruko)
Preaching Buddha,
Kushan dynasty, 3rd century
Sakyamuni with the Eight Great Bodhisattvas,
India, Pala dynasty, 9th century (Gift of Mr. Kunizuka Kazunori)
Fragment of Relief Sculpture: Yakshini,
Kushan dynasty, 2nd–3rd century (Gift of Mr. Kato Hiroshi)

  
Art of the Western Regions
Room 3  June 4, 2019 (Tue) - July 15, 2019 (Mon)

This part introduces art of the Western Regions (Central Asia) from about the 1st to the 10th century, with a focus on Buddhist art. The highlight of this part is the rich variety of works with high artistic and historical significance.

Current exhibit includes:
Head of a Demon, Kumtura Caves, China, Otani collection, 7th–8th century

  
Artifacts from West Asia and Egypt
Room 3  July 2, 2019 (Tue) - September 8, 2019 (Sun)

This part intrduces artifacts from West Asia and Egypt, known as the cradle of the earliest civilization.

Current exhibit includes:
Fragment of a Relief, Excavated in Tell el-Amarna, Egypt, New Kingdom (18th dynasty; the reign of Akhenaten), ca. 1351–1334 BC (Gift of the University of Pennsylvania)
Fragments of a Woman's Headdress,
Possibly found at Thebes, Egypt, New Kingdom (18th dynasty), ca. 15th century BC
Ring with a Scarab,
Middle Kingdom, 12th dynasty, ca. 1976–1794 BC (Gift of Mr. Hashimoto Kanji)
Checking the Stock at a Granary,
Middle Kingdom, ca. 2025–1794 BC
Copper or Bronze Sword,
Excavated in Syria, Sumerian Early Dynastic period, 3rd millennium BC
Pin, E
xcavated in Syria, Sumerian Early Dynastic period, 3rd millennium BC
Foundation Peg with a God Figure,
Excavated in southern Iraq, Sumerian Early Dynastic period, ca. 2400 BC
Chariot, Middle Bronze Age, ca. 2000–1600 BC
Finial,
Excavated in Luristan, Iran, Late 2nd–early 1st millennium BC
Amphoriskos,
Excavated in Iraq or Syria, Ca. 15th–14th century BC (Private collection)
Alabastron with Gold Ornamentation,
Excavated in Alexandria, Egypt or Italy, 1st century BC–1st century AD (Private collection)
Head of Baʿal,
Late Bronze Age, 15th century–early 12th century BC
Statue of Lion-headed Goddess Sakhmet,
Excavated at Thebes, Egypt, New Kingdom, 18th dynasty, 16th–14th century BC
Heracles,
Excavated at Hatra, Iraq, Parthian period, 1st–2nd century (Gift of the Iraqi Government)
Dish, Design of a humped bull,
Excavated in Iran, Late Hellenistic–Parthian period, second half of 3rd–first half of 1st century BC

3rd floor

  
The Advent of Chinese Civilization
Room 4  June 4, 2019 (Tue) - October 6, 2019 (Sun)

This section focuses on pottery and jade objects from about 3000 BC to AD 200. The items on display present the beauty that ancient Chinese people pursued in the form and color of pottery, as well as the characteristic luster of jade.

Current exhibit includes:
Painted Pottery Jar with a Handle, Excavated in Gansu or Qinghai province, China, Majiayao culture, ca. 2,600-2,300 BC (Gift of Dr. Yokogawa Tamisuke)
Clay Stamped Seal, Inscribed "True imperial seal", China, Qin-Western Han dynasty, 3rd-2nd century BC (Gift of Mr. Abe Fusajiro)
Jade Axe, Neolithic period, 3rd millennium BC
Carved Stone Monster, Attributed provenance: Yinxu, Anyang, Henan province, China, Shang dynasty, 13th-11th century BC

  
Chinese Bronzes
Room 5  April 16, 2019 (Tue) - July 15, 2019 (Mon)

This part focuses on Chinese bronzes from about 1800 BC to AD 1000. The changing shapes and designs of the bronzes on display provide clues to the thoughts and shifting religious beliefs of ancient Chinese.

Current exhibit includes:
MirrorDesign of animal mask with the inscribed date “Yanxi 7”, China, Purportedly excavated from a tumulus near Pyongyang, Korea, Eastern Han dynasty, dated 164
Sword, Spring and Autumn-Warring States period, 6th–5th century BC
Decorative Plaque in Shape of a Mirror, Spring and Autumn–Warring States period, 6th–4th century BC
Bronze Ge Halberd, China, Shizhaishan culture, 3rd–2nd century BC, Gift of Mr. Sugiyama Sadatoshi
Ding Cooking Vessel Taotie design, Shang dynasty, 13th–11th century BC
Bu JarTaotie design, Shang dynasty, 13th–11th century BC, Gift of Ms. Sakamoto Kiku

  
Burials in China
Room 5  April 23, 2019 (Tue) - July 15, 2019 (Mon)

This part introduces burial items of tombs from about the 2nd century BC to the 8th century AD. Mingqi are models of various implements and equipment, such as cooking stoves, vehicles including carriages and oxcarts, and even toilets. Tomb figures are models of humans who served a master, such as servants and entertainers. The objects on display present the idealized lifestyle that people of this time entrusted to mingqi and tomb figures.

Current exhibit includes:
Model of Well, Green glaze
, China, Eastern Han dynasty, 2nd–3rd century (Gift of Dr. Yokogawa Tamisuke)
Ewer, Flower design; yellow glaze with applied ornaments in underglaze iron pigment, Changsha ware, China, Tang dynasty, 9th century (Private collection)
Bowl, Yellow glaze with design in underglaze green and iron pigment, Changsha ware, China, Attributed provenance: Iriomote-jima, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, Tang dynasty, 9th century (Private collection)
Woman, Three-color glaze, China, Tang dynasty, 8th century (Gift of Mr. Suzuki Eiichi)
Tomb Guardian, Three-color glaze, China, Tang dynasty, 7th–8th century (Gift of Dr. Yokogawa Tamisuke)

  
Room 5  April 23, 2019 (Tue) - July 15, 2019 (Mon)

This thematic exhibition introduces the history of the collection and research of Chinese celadon porcelain at the Tokyo National Museum.

  
Chinese Textiles: Developments in Arabesque Designs
Room 5  June 4, 2019 (Tue) - September 1, 2019 (Sun)

The arabesque designs of vines with repeated flowers and leaf patterns are known as palmette. They originated in Western Asia and are thought to have arrived in China and Japan through the Silk Road. This exhibition traces the historical development of arabesque designs and patterns in Chinese textiles. The excellent silk fabrics on display have been highly valued by Japanese collectors since ancient times.

Current exhibit includes:
Gold Brocade Nested lozenge and double-vine large peony arabesque design on light indigo ground, Formerly preserved by the Maeda family, Kaga domain, Ming dynasty, 15th century
Ban (Buddhist Ritual Banner) "Banner Leg", With paired dragons, flowers and four-petal flower roundels design on dark yellowish green ground, Formerly preserved at Horyuiji., Asuka–Nara period, 7th–8th century
Shitozu Sock, Brocade with floral arabesque design on striped ground, Formerly preserved in the Shosoin Repository, Todaiji, Nara period, dated 752
 

  
Oasis6 Education Space: Fortune-telling in Asia
Room 6  January 2, 2017 (Mon) - April 5, 2020 (Sun)

Activity area: Fortune-telling in Asia. Recommended for visitors with children.

4th floor

  
Stone Relief Carvings of China
Room 7  April 2, 2019 (Tue) - April 5, 2020 (Sun)

In the 2nd century BC, Chinese tombs were not simply holes in the ground. They developed to have walls and ceilings, with a structure almost like underground mansions. Tombs also appeared that had shrines built above ground for the bereaved families to perform rituals. Particularly in Shandong province and southern Henan province, sturdy stone was favored for making the tombs and shrines, with the stone surfaces used for carving images. Many of these stone bas-reliefs were created until the second half of the 2nd century in the Eastern Han dynasty.

Current exhibit includes:
Stone Bas-relief, Procession of chariots / Building for ancestral rituals, From Xiaotangshan, Shandong province, China, Eastern Han dynasty, 1st–2nd century
Stone Bas-relief, Toad / Emperor Yu, etc., From Xiaotangshan, Shandong province, China, Eastern Han dynasty, 1st–2nd century
Stone Bas-relief, Building / Tinglan and the wooden doll, etc., From Xiaotangshan, Shandong province, China, Eastern Han dynasty, 1st–2nd century
Stone Bas-relief, Queen Mother of the West / Chariot / Hunting, From Jinyangshan, Shandong province, China, Eastern Han dynasty, 1st–2nd century

  
Chinese Painting: Ink Paintings on Satin and Decorated Paper
Room 8  June 25, 2019 (Tue) - August 4, 2019 (Sun)

Some ink paintings were brushed onto satin-weave silk. The luster of the silk gives a distinctive look to the ink gradations. When ink paintings are executed on paper decorated with scattered pieces of gold leaf, the gold brings out the subtle shades of the ink. Ink paintings on satin and decorated paper became especially popular from the 16th century among scholar-artists. Here we present a selection of them.

Current exhibit includes:
Fishing in Solitude with Pines on the Shore, By Gu Dashen, Qing dynasty, 17th century
Cultivating Trees and Burning Incense,
By Wang Gai, Qing dynasty, dated 1694
Old Pine Tree,
By Jin Shi, Ming dynasty, dated 1458

  
Chinese Calligraphy: Calligraphy from the Early Qing Dynasty
Room 8  June 18, 2019 (Tue) - July 28, 2019 (Sun)

This exhibition explores developments in Qing-dynasty calligraphy from the mid-17th to the late 18th century. The Shunzhi (1644–61) and Kangxi (1662–1722) eras of the early Qing dynasty had a number of prominent artistic styles. They included a cursive style that became popular from the late Ming dynasty (early 17th century) and was practiced most famously by Fu Shan. The unusual calligraphic and painting styles of Zhu Da and others were also highly regarded. At the Qing court, calligraphy based on the elegant style of Dong Qichang, who was admired by the Kangxi Emperor, became popular. At the beginning of the Qianlong era (1735–95), an eccentric style was favored in the Yangzhou area.

Exhibit includes:
Poems, Writing after Old Copybooks, and Letters, By Jiang Chenying, China, Qing dynasty, 17th century (Gift of Mr. Takashima Kikujiro)
Poem in Six-Character Phrases in Clerical Script, By Jin Nong, China, Qing dynasty, dated 1762
Linhexu (Preface to the Riverbank Gathering) in Running Script, By Zhu Da, Qing dynasty,  China, dated 1700
Writing after Calligraphy by Ouyang Xun, By Wang Shu, China, Qing dynasty, 18th century (Gift of Mr. Ichikawa Santei)
Excerpt from the Autobiography of Huai Su in Standard Script, By Zheng Xie, China, Qing dynasty, dated 1764

  
Chinese Literati
Room 8  June 18, 2019 (Tue) - July 28, 2019 (Sun)

The literati were people who devoted themselves to reading, calligraphy, painting, and other fine arts. In China, their way of life was traditionally held as an ideal. This exhibit recreates the studies of literati, where calligraphy and painting of China were born.

Current exhibit includes:
Inkstone, Ice crack design on a treasured stone, Formerly owned by Aoyama San'u, Southern Song dynasty, 12th–13th century (Gift of Ms. Aoyama Toku)
Five Characters for a Plaque in Running Script, By Liu Yong, Qing dynasty, dated 1802 (Gift of Mr. Takashima Kikujiro)

5th floor

  
Chinese Lacquerwar
Room 9  May 14, 2019 (Tue) - August 4, 2019 (Sun)

This part introduces the various methods and designs in Chinese lacquerware. Lacquerware is a form of decorative art made by applying lacquer sap on vessels and utensils, a practice which developed widely in China, Japan, Korea, and the Southeast Asian regions, in techniques and designs unique to each area. China, in particular, has a history of lacquerware of as long as 7000 years.

Current exhibit includes:
Spittoon with Pointed Foliate Rim, Red lacquer, China, Southern Song-Yuan dynasty, 13th-14th century
Tray with Pointed Foliate Rim, Dragon and wave design in mother-of-pearl inlay, China, Yuan dynasty, 14th century (Important Cultural Property)

  
Decorative Art of the Qing Dynasty
Room 9  May 14, 2019 (Tue) - August 4, 2019 (Sun)

This part introduces the decorative art of the Qing dynasty (1644 - 1912) in China, such as works of jade, cloisonne, glass, and bamboo. The items on display feature the beauty of fine technical skill and the sophisticated atmosphere of Qing-dynasty decorative art.

Current exhibit includes:
You Wine Container, Taotie design, China, Qing dynasty, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Kamiya Denbei)
Pomegranate, China, Qing dynasty, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Kamiya Denbei)
Inkstone, Formerly owned by Mr. Aoyama San'u, China, Qing dynasty, 17th-19th century (Gift of Ms. Yamano Yoshik)

  
Polished Stone Tools and Metal Tools of Korea
Room 10  April 23, 2019 (Tue) - October 20, 2019 (Sun)

This part highlights Korean polished stone tools and metal objects that had a great influence on Japan's Yayoi culture.

Current exhibit includes:
Crown, Attributed provenance: Gyeongsangnam-do, Korea, Three Kingdoms period (Gaya), 5th century (Important Art Object, Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Polished Stone Sickle, Excavated at Buyeo, Korea, Bronze Age, 10th–4th century BC (Gift of Mr. Sakenobu Kyokusho)
Bronze Dagger, Excavated at Ochon-ri, Pyongyang, Korea, Early Iron Age, 2nd century BC
Bronze Ornamental Fitting, With animals, Attributed provenance: Gyeongju, Korea, Early Iron Age-Proto Three Kingdoms period, 3rd–1st century BC (Important Art Object, Gift of the Ogura Foundation)

  
The Rises and Falls of Kings in Korea
Room 10  April 23, 2019 (Tue) - October 20, 2019 (Sun)

This part features the prosperity of kings in the Three Kingdoms period (4th century–676) in Korea, through works including items of metalwork. The diverse designs of the objects are evidence of the prosperity of the kings.

Current exhibit includes:
Earring, Three Kingdoms period (Silla), Korea, 6th century (Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Headgear, With design in openwork, Attributed provenance: Changnyeong, Korea, Three Kingdoms period, 6th century (Important Cultural Property, Gift of the Ogura Foundation)

  
Korean Ceramics
Room 10  April 23, 2019 (Tue) - October 20, 2019 (Sun)

This part introduces Korean ceramics from the Proto–Three Kingdoms period (1st century BC–3rd century AD) to the Joseon dynasty(1392–1910).

Current exhibit includes:
Cylindrical Stand, Excavated from Yangsan Bubuchong Tomb, Korea, Three Kingdoms period (Silla), start of 6th century
Vase, Celadon glaze with carved lotus arabesque design, Korea, Goryeo dynasty, 12th century
Jar in Shape of Rice BaleBuncheong ware; fish design in underglaze iron, Korea, Joseon dynasty, 15th–16th century (Private collection)
Beveled Jar, White porcelain, Joseon dynasty, Korea, 18th century (Private collection)
Jar, Crane and tortoise design in underglaze blue, Korea, Joseon dynasty, 19th century (Gift of Dr. Yokogawa Tamisuke)
Equestrian Figurine, Korea, Three Kingdoms period (Silla), 5th–6th century (Important Art Object, Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Transverse Flute, Unified Silla dynasty, Korea, 8th century (Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Horse-shaped Vessel, Attributed provenance: Changnyeong, Korea, Three Kingdoms period (Silla), 5th century (Important Art Object, Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Water Fowl-shaped Vessel, Korea, Three Kingdoms period (Silla), 5th century (Important Art Object, Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Double-mouthed Vessel with Wheels, Attributed provenance: Changnyeong, Korea, Three Kingdoms period (Silla), 5th century (Important Art Object, Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
House-shaped VesselStoneware, Three Kingdoms period (Silla), 5th–6th century (Important Art Object, Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
BowlCeladon glaze, Goryeo dynasty, Korea, 10th century
BowlWhite porcelain, Goryeo dynasty, Korea, 11th century (Gift of Mr. Kudo Yoshiro)

  
Buddhist Art of Korea
Room 10  May 8, 2019 (Wed) - October 20, 2019 (Sun)

This part  features the essence of Korean Buddhist art.

Current exhibit includes:
Round Eave Tile, Spoke and lotus flower design, Probably excavated from Pyongyang, Korea, Three Kingdoms period (Goguryeo), 4th–5th century
Round Eave Tile, Lotus flower design, Excavated at former site of Gunsu–ri temple, Buyeo, Korea, Three Kingdoms period (Baekje), 6th century
Ridge–end Tile, Demon face design, Excavated at former site of Sacheonwangsa temple, Gyeongju, Korea, Unified Silla dynasty, 7th–8th century
Ridge–end Tile, Demon face design; with green glaze, Excavated from Wolsong, Gyeongju, Korea, Unified Silla dynasty, 7th–8th century
Standing Vairocana, Unified Silla–Goryeo dynasty, 9th–10th century (Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Seated Bodhisattva with One Leg Pendent, Three Kingdoms period, 7th century (Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Standing Bhaisajyaguru, Three Kingdoms period, 7th century (Gift of the Ogura Foundation)

  
Art of the Joseon Dynasty
Room 10  May 28, 2019 (Tue) - August 18, 2019 (Sun)

This part features furnishings, costumes, and accessories from Korea in the Joseon dynasty (1392–1910). While the costumes, furniture, tableware, and stationery each possessed individual beauty, their appeal was enhanced by their placement in living spaces.

Current exhibit includes:
Ksitigarbha and the Ten Kings of Hell, Korea, Goryeo dynasty, 14th century (Lent by Kezoin, Yamagata)
Su Dongpo, Korea, By Yu Suk, Joseon dynasty, 19th century (Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Brush Stand, Lotus arabesque in openwork with designs in underglaze blue and red, Korea, 19th–20th century
Square Bottle, Landscape in underglaze blue, Korea, Joseon dynasty, 19th century (Gift of the Ogura Foundation)

Basement

  
Khmer Sculpture
Room 11  May 8, 2019 (Wed) - May 10, 2020 (Sun)

This section introduces sculptures from Khmer, with a focus on stone statues from the Angkor period (9th-13th century). The Tokyo National Museum collection of Khmer sculptures, which are distinguished in both quality and quantity, was acquired in 1944 through an exchange project with the research institute l'École francaise d'Extrême-Orient.

Current exhibit includes:
Garuda Riding on Naga (Snake deity), Acquired through exchange with l'École française d'Extrême-Orient, Angkor period, 12th–13th century
Standing Vishnu, Acquired through exchange with l'École française d'Extrême-Orient, Angkor period, 12th century
Buddha Seated on Naga (Snake deity), Acquired through exchange with l'École française d'Extrême-Orient, Angkor period, 12th century
Standing Lokesvara, Acquired through exchange with l'École française d'Extrême-Orient, Angkor period, 12th–13th century
Lintel, Acquired through exchange with l'École française d'Extrême-Orient, Angkor period, 10th century

  
Gilt Bronze Statues from Southeast Asia
Room 12  May 8, 2019 (Wed) - May 10, 2020 (Sun)

This part focuses on Southeast Asian gilt bronze statues of gods and Buddhist deities from the 7th to 13th century. The statues are made using the lost-wax casting process, and therefore they have common qualities in their plasticity and smoothness of form.

Current exhibit includes:
Standing Buddha, Thailand, Dvaravati period, 7th–8th century
Buddha Seated on a Pedestal, Indonesia, Central Java period, ca. 8th century
Seated Mahavairocana, Indonesia, Central Java period, 9th–10th century
Finial for a Shaft in the Shape of Naga, Acquired through exchange with l'École française d'Extrême-Orient, Angkor period, 12th century
Standing Buddha, Sri Lanka, Polonnaruwa period, 12th–13th century
Shiva (Upper body),  Excavated from Damdek, Cambodia, Angkor period, 9th century
Standing Cakrasamvara with Consort, Nepal or Tibet, China, 15th–16th century (Gift of Mr. Hattori Shichibei)

  
Archaeology of India and Southeast Asia
Room 12  April 23, 2019 (Tue) - April 19, 2020 (Sun)

The excavated pottery and metal wares exhibited in this part clearly show the prosperity of cultures with rich regional characteristics in ancient India and Southeast Asia.

Current exhibit includes:
Human-shaped Object, Attributed provenance: Uttar Pradesh, India, Copper Hoard culture, ca. 1500 BC
Bronze Drum, Attributed provenance: northern Thailand, 6th–5th century BC (Lent by Ithe demitsu Museum of Arts)
Bronze Drum, Northern Thailand, 15th–17th century, Gift of Prince Damrong, Thailand

  
Southeast Asian Ceramics
Room 12  January 2, 2019 (Wed) - September 1, 2019 (Sun)

This part introduces the individual styles of ceramics made in Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam from the 9th to the 16th century.

Current exhibit includes:
Spittoon, Excavated at Angkor, Angkor period, 12th–14th century (Acquired through exchange with l'École française d'Extrême-Orient)
Covered Bowl,
Excavated at Angkor, Angkor period, 12th–14th century (Acquired through exchange with l'École française d'Extrême-Orient)
Vase, Dark brown glaze with incised design,
Excavated at Angkor, Angkor period, 12th–13th century (Acquired through exchange with l'École française d'Extrême-Orient)
Elephant-shaped Vessel, Dark brown glaze,
Angkor period, 12th–13th century
Shallow Bowl, Celadon glaze,
Northern Thai ware, Thailand, 15th century (Gift of Mr. Yoshioka Ken)
Shallow Bowl with Pointed Foliate Rim, Celadon glaze with lotus flower design,
Si Satchanalai ware, Thailand, 15th century (Gift of Mr. Yamada Yoshio)
Bowl, Celadon glaze with fish and flowering plant design in underglaze iron pigment,
Si Satchanalai ware, Thailand, 15th–16th century (Gift of Mr. Yamada Yoshio)
Bowl, Arabesque design in overglaze enamel,
Formerly owned by Okano Shigezo, 16th century (Important Art Object)
Dish with Foliated Rim, Flowering plant design in overglaze enamel,
15th–16th century (Private collection)
Large Dish, Deer and landscape design in underglaze blue,
15th–16th century (Important Art Object)
Large Dish Water buffalo design in overglaze enamel,
16th century

  
Room 13  June 4, 2019 (Tue) - September 1, 2019 (Sun)

From about the end of the 18th century, unique dyes and techniques for dyeing cotton with designs were used to begin the production of batik cloth. To make batik, a detailed design is applied in wax using either a metal stamp known as a cap, or a tool called a canting that pours the wax. The cotton is then dyed with indigo and a vegetable-based, dark brown soga dye.

Current exhibit includes:
Dodot (Formal waist garment), Design of a kawung pattern on an indigo ground in batik, Java, Indonesia, Start of the 19th century
Hinggi kombu (Shoulder garment), Design of human heads and animals in warp ikat, Sumba, Indonesia, 19th century
Selendang (Shoulder garment), Design of tiers and a geometric pattern in float weave on a madder red ground, Pasemah, Sumatra, Indonesia, Second half of the 19th century-start of the 20th century

  
Indian Miniature Paintings
Room 13  July 9, 2019 (Tue) - August 4, 2019 (Sun)

Indian miniature paintings established a uniquely meticulous, colorful, and passionate style, with various painting schools. An appeal of the paintings to viewers is the abundance of elements vividly contained each picture, such as myths, music, and nature.

Current exhibit includes:
Raja Ram Singh of Amber Visits a Saint, By the Lucknow school, India, Second half of 17th–early 18th century

 

  
Ethnic Cultures of Asia: The Sea People of Taiwan: The Traditional Culture of the Tao
Room 13  April 23, 2019 (Tue) - July 21, 2019 (Sun)

Orchid Island is situated off the southeastern coast of the main island of Taiwan. The ethnic group of Tao (Yami) people, who live on this island, are said to have come across the sea from the northern Philippines. This exhibit presents the prayers and wisdom of the Tao people who have lived together with the sea on their isolated island.

Current exhibit includes:
Model of Fishing Boat, Orchid Island, Taitung County, Taiwan, Second half of 19th-early 20th century
Armor, Taiwan, Second half of 19th–early 20th century (Gift of Mr. Yamato Iwataro)
Helmet, Taiwan, Second half of 19th–early 20th century (Gift of Mr. Yamato Iwataro)