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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 10, 2018 (Tue) - April 7, 2019 (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 7, 2019 (Sun)

Introducing various journeys with images

  
Large Dry Lacquer Vessel
Room 2  April 10, 2018 (Tue) - March 31, 2019 (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 26, 2018 (Tue) - June 23, 2019 (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
Worshipping of the Bowl and Cross-legged Bodhisattvas, 3rd–4th century (Gift of Ms. Yano Tsuruko)
Preaching Buddha, Kushan dynasty, 3rd century
Fragment of Relief Sculpture: Yakshini, Kushan dynasty, 2nd–3rd century (Gift of Mr. Kato Hiroshi)

  
Art of the Western Regions
Room 3  November 6, 2018 (Tue) - December 16, 2018 (Sun)

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:
Standing Bodhisattva with a Parasol, Bezeklik Caves, China, Otani collection, Gaochang Uighur period, 10th–11th century

  
Artifacts from West Asia and Egypt
Room 3  October 23, 2018 (Tue) - January 14, 2019 (Mon)

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

Current exhibit includes:
Bastet, Egypt, Late period–Ptolemaic period, ca. 5th–4th century BC (Gift of Mr. Momose Osamu and Mrs. Momose Fumiko)
Model Boat, Upper Egypt, Middle Kingdom, ca. 2025–1794 BC
Painted Footed Bowl, Ismailabad, Iran, Neolithic period, first half of 5th millennium BC
Ornamental Pin, Iran or Iraq, Parthian period, 2nd–3rd century
Round Cut Glass Bowl, Iran, Sasanid period, 6th century (Private collection)
Standing Man, Formerly owned by Somerset Maugham, Cyprus, Cypro–Archaic period, 6th century BC (Gift of Mr. Michael Xilas and Mrs. Vicky Xilas)
 

3rd floor

  
The Advent of Chinese Civilization
Room 4  October 16, 2018 (Tue) - February 11, 2019 (Mon)

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:
Oracle Bones, Excavated at Yinxu, Anyang, Henan province, China, Shang dynasty, 13th–11th century BC
Stone Implement in Shape of Bird's Head, Excavated at Shuangtaizi, Lushunkou, Dalian city, Liaoning province, China, Neolithic period-Bronze Age, 2nd millennium BC (Gift of Ms. Sone Toshiko)
Jade Axe, China, Neolithic period, 3rd millennium BC
Jade Bi Ornament, Dragon design, China, Warring States period–Western Han dynasty, 4th–2nd century BC

  
Chinese Bronzes
Room 5  November 20, 2018 (Tue) - April 14, 2019 (Sun)

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:
Sword, Spring and Autumn–Warring States period, 6th–5th century BC
Bu Jar, Taotie design,
Shang dynasty, 13th–11th century BC (Gift of Ms. Sakamoto Kiku)
Bo Bell, Coiling dragon design, Warring States period, 5th century BC (Gift of Ms. Sakamoto Kiku)

  
Burials in China
Room 5  October 23, 2018 (Tue) - December 25, 2018 (Tue)

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:
Woman, With pigment, China, Western Han dynasty, 2nd century BC (Gift of Mr. Hirota Matsushige)
Female Dancer, With pigment, China, Tang dynasty, 7th-8th century (Gift of Mr. Hirota Matsushige)
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)

  
Chinese Ceramics
Room 5  September 4, 2018 (Tue) - December 25, 2018 (Tue)

This part presents the changing expressions of Chinese ceramics from the 7th to the 19th century.

Current exhibit includes:
Ewer with Phoenix Head, White porcelain, Tang dynasty, 7th century (Important Cultural Property, Gift of Dr. Yokogawa Tamisuke)
Bowl with Foliate Rim, Celadon glaze,
Guan ware, China, Southern Song dynasty, 12th–13th century (Important Cultural Property, Gift of Dr. Yokogawa Tamisuke)
Vase, Beishoku celadon glaze,
Southern Song's Guan ware, China, Southern Song dynasty, 12th–13th century (Lent by the Tokiwayama Bunko Foundation, Tokyo)
Large Dish, Lotus bouquet design in underglaze blue,
Jingdezhen ware, China, Ming dynasty, 15th century (Gift of Dr. Yokogawa Tamisuke)
Large Vase in Shape of Gourd, Design in overglaze enamel and gold,
Jingdezhen ware, China, Ming dynasty, 16th century (Important Cultural Property, Gift of Mr. Sakamoto Goro)
Jar, Figures on horseback design in [fahua] enamel decoration,
Ming dynasty, 16th century (Important Art Object, Gift of Mr. Yamamoto Takashi)
Large Dish, Peony and phoenix design in overglaze enamel,
Zhangzhou ware, China, Ming dynasty, 17th century (Gift of Dr. Yokogawa Tamisuke)

  
Chinese Textiles: Textiles of the Liao Dynasty
Room 5  October 2, 2018 (Tue) - December 16, 2018 (Sun)

Textiles of the Liao dynasty come in a variety of styles, including woven textiles and items with embroidery or dyed patterns. Comparing Japanese textiles created in the same period in history with these Liao-dynasty textiles would provide clues for uncovering the techniques used for Heian-period textiles, whose existing examples are limited in number.

Current exhibit includes:
Fragment of a Pao Garment, Design of paired cranes and clouds in brocade weave on a white ground, China, Liao dynasty, 10th century
Brocade, Design of flowers and facing birds on a light brown ground, China, Liao dynasty, 10th century (Gift of Ms. Tajima Fusae)

  
Oasis6 Education Space: Fortune-telling in Asia
Room 6  January 2, 2017 (Mon) - April 7, 2019 (Sun)

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

4th floor

  
Stone Relief Carvings of China
Room 7  April 10, 2018 (Tue) - March 31, 2019 (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

  
Room 8  October 30, 2018 (Tue) - December 25, 2018 (Tue)

In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Treaty of Peace and Friendship between Japan and China, this exhibition presents for the first time in Japan the life and art of Qi Baishi (1864–1957) – a celebrated master of modern Chinese painting – through his work in the collection of the Beijing Fine Arts Academy. Baishi is the most renowned and appreciated artist in China today, while the Beijing Fine Arts Academy, where he served as the first honorary director, is China’s oldest and largest modern fine arts academy. It is also an institution recognized for its extensive collection of Baishi’s masterpieces.

5th floor

  
Chinese Lacquerware
Room 9  November 27, 2018 (Tue) - February 17, 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:
Tiered Covered Vessel, Flower-and-bird design in carved red lacquer, Southern Song dynasty, 13th century
Hexagonal Tray, Design of bamboo, plum tree, and pine forming the character for "longevity" in carved colored lacquer,
Ming dynasty, Jiajing era (1522–66)
Covered Vessel, Chinese character "Spring" with auspicious motifs designs in carved colored lacquer,
Qing dynasty, 18th century

  
Decorative Art of the Qing Dynasty
Room 9  November 27, 2018 (Tue) - February 17, 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:
Candlesticks, Qing dynasty, Qianlong era (1736–95)
Pomegranate,
Qing dynasty, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Kamiya Denbei)
Flower Holder, Pair of carps design,
Qing dynasty, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Kamiya Denbei)

  
Polished Stone Tools and Metal Tools of Korea
Room 10  October 16, 2018 (Tue) - April 21, 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
Cooking Stove, From a set of grave goods, Excavated from Jeongbaek-ri Tomb 227, Pyongyang, Korea, Nangnang (Lelang), 2nd-3rd century (Gift of the Korea Historical Site Research Society)
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)
Epitaph of Choe Chungheon, Goryeo dynasty, dated 1219

  
The Rises and Falls of Kings in Korea
Room 10  October 16, 2018 (Tue) - April 21, 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:
Sword with Ring-shaped Pommel, With inscription, Korea, Three Kingdoms period, 5th century
Earring, Korea, Three Kingdoms period (Silla), 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)
Visored  Helmet, Attributed provenance: Yeonsan-dong, Dongnae, Korea, Three Kingdoms period, 5th century (Gift of the Ogura Foundation)

  
Korean Ceramics
Room 10  October 16, 2018 (Tue) - April 21, 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
Box, Celadon glaze with arabesque design in openwork, Korea, Goryeo dynasty, 12th century (On exhibit from January 2, 2019)
Bowl, White porcelain, Korea, Goryeo dynasty, 11th century (Gift of Mr. Kudo Yoshiro)
Jar in Shape of Rice Bale, Buncheong ware; fish design in underglaze iron, Korea, Joseon dynasty, 15th–16th century (Private collection)
Jar, Landscape design in underglaze blue, Korea, Joseon dynasty, 19th century
Equestrian Figurine, Korea, Three Kingdoms period (Silla), 5th–6th century (Important Art Object, Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Clay Figurine Soft-shelled Turtle, Korea, Three Kingdoms period (Silla), 5th–6th century
Transverse Flute, Korea, Unified Silla dynasty, 8th century (Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Tea Bowl, Aoido type, known as "Toki ido," Korea, Joseon dynasty, 16th century (Gift of Mr. Hirota Matsushige)

  
Buddhist Art of Korea
Room 10  November 20, 2018 (Tue) - May 6, 2019 (Mon)

This part  features the essence of Korean Buddhist art.

Current exhibit includes:
BrickLotus flower and fierce god design, Excavated from Gyuam-myeon, Buyeo, Korea, Three Kingdoms period (Baekje), 7th 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 Buddha,
Unified Silla dynasty, 9th century
Glass Ewer,
Attributed provenance: Yeonbaek, Korea, Goryeo dynasty, 11th–12th century (Gift of the Ogura Foundation)
Buddhist Temple Bell,
Goryeo dynasty, dated 1107 (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Nishiaraidaishi Sojiji, Tokyo)

  
Art of the Joseon Dynasty
Room 10  December 11, 2018 (Tue) - March 3, 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:
Flowers and Birds, Korea, 19th-20th century
Wonsam (Formal dress for women), Floral arabesque patterns on figured gauze, Korea, 19th-20th century
Brush Stand, Lotus arabesque in openwork with designs in underglaze blue and red, Korea, 19th-20th century
Water Dropper, Landscape in underglaze blue, Korea, Joseon dynasty, 18th century (Gift of Mr. Tsukagoshi Masaaki)
Water Dropper, Korea, Joseon dynasty, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Aoyama Keiji)
Dining Table, With curved "tiger legs", Korea, Joseon dynasty, 19th century (Gift of the Ogura Foundation)

Basement

  
Khmer Sculpture
Room 11  May 8, 2018 (Tue) - May 6, 2019 (Mon)

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, 2018 (Tue) - May 6, 2019 (Mon)

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, Dvaravati period, 7th–8th century (Not on exhibit from September 4, 2018, to January 1, 2019)
Buddha Seated on a Pedestal,
Central Java period, ca. 8th century
Seated Mahavairocana,
Central Java period, 9th–10thcentury
Standing Deity Hanuman,
Angkor period, 11th century (on exhibit from January 2, 2019)
Finial for a Shaft in the Shape of Naga,
Acquired through exchange with l'École française d'Extrême-Orient, Angkor period, 12th century (Not on exhibit from September 4, 2018, to January 1, 2019)
Standing Buddha,
Polonnaruwa period, 12th–13th century (Not on exhibit from September 4, 2018, to January 1, 2019)
Shiva (Upper body),
Excavated from Damdek, Cambodia, Angkor period, 9th century (Not on exhibit from September 4, 2018, to January 1, 2019)

  
Room 12  September 4, 2018 (Tue) - December 25, 2018 (Tue)

Wayang is a form of shadow-puppet theater which uses traditional puppets of Indonesia.
Around the 10th century, the ancient Indian epic poems Mahabharata and Ramayana were introduced together with Hinduism to Indonesia, where they spread among the populace. The epics came to be performed using puppets called Wayang Kulit.
Wayang puppets are cut from water buffalo hide, carved intricately with fine chisels, and decorated in vibrant colors. The sticks for manipulating the puppets are mostly made from water buffalo horn.
The puppeteer, called a dhalang, maneuvers all the puppets in a play, delivers the lines, and even gives directions to the gamelan, an accompanying group of musicians. Although Wayang plays are based on famous epics, they are performed spontaneously through the dhalang’ s improvisations. Performances are carried out through the night.

  
Room 12  September 4, 2018 (Tue) - December 25, 2018 (Tue)

This exhibition sheds light on Indonesian textiles and ceramics collected by Okano Shigezo (1894–1975), a Japanese entrepreneur who moved to and achieved success in Indonesia’s Sumatra in the early 20th century.
The lineup of textiles includes batik and ikat from Sumatra, Java, and other areas. These textiles, rich in regional flavor, provide an overview of cultural exchange that took place in this country and the textile techniques that were brought from India to Southeast Asia, eventually to Japan. Also included are Southeast Asian ceramic wares collected by Okano as well as Chinese ceramics that were made for export to Indonesia.

  
Archaeology of India and Southeast Asia
Room 12  September 4, 2018 (Tue) - December 25, 2018 (Tue)

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:
Bronze Drum, Attributed provenance: northern Thailand, 6th–5th century BC (Lent by Idemitsu Museum of Arts)
Bronze Drum,
Northern Thailand, 15th–17th century (Gift of Prince Damrong, Thailand)

  
Asian Textiles: Cashmere Shawls
Room 13  October 2, 2018 (Tue) - December 16, 2018 (Sun)

The Kashmir goat, which lives in the Kashmir region of northeastern India, has wool of lustrous soft hairs, Cashmere shawls feature this high-quality wool dyed in various colors and with detailed designs achieved through hand-woven brocade and embroidery. From the 16th to the 18th century, these shawls were produced in great quantity. They were immensely popular particularly in Europe, so many shawls were exported there through the East India Company. The shawls were also used to make dress and gowns. In the portraits of European aristocrats from this time, women are frequently depicted wearing a cashmere shawl, an item that was highly sought after. After the Industrial Revolution, a woolen fabric was produced in Paisley, Scotland, in imitation of the cashmere shawl. It was adored throughout Europe to the extent that the traditional kalka motif used in India textiles was named "paisley."

Current exhibit includes:
Sash, Brocade with flowering plant arabesque band design on gold ground, Iran, Safavid dynasty, 17th century (Private collection)
Cashmere Shawl, Patchwork with paisley design on white ground, Kashmir, India, 18th–19th century
Cashmere Shawl, Paisley design on red ground, Kashmir, India, 19th century
Rug, Flower design, Iran, Safavid dynasty, 17th century (Private collection)
Coat, Embroidered floral arabesque design on brown-gold satin ground, Jaipur, India, 19th century

  
Indian Miniature Paintings
Room 13  December 11, 2018 (Tue) - January 14, 2019 (Mon)

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:
The Slaughtering of the Elephant Kuvalayapida (Kanhara Ragini), By Malwa school, India, Late 17th-early 18th century
Woman Making a Cushion with Lotus Petals (Malashri Ragini), By Bundi school, India, First half of 18th century

  
Ethnic Cultures of Asia: Religious Carvings of Melanesia
Room 13  November 13, 2018 (Tue) - February 3, 2019 (Sun)

The South Pacific is located directly south of the Japanese archipelago, and includes tens of thousands of islands, large and small, including Hawaii and New Guinea. Around 4,000 years ago, people of Asian origin crossed the waters and dispersed across this region, where they developed their unique cultures and faiths.
In Melanesia, a southwestern region of the South Pacific, ancestral spirits and other spirits were revered, and idols representing them were eagerly created. This exhibition showcases carvings such as a crocodile sculpture and masks representing these spirits. 

includes:
Male Funerary Figure (Kulap), Second half of 19th century (Gift of Mr. Yoshijima Tokiyasu)
Female Funerary Figure (
Kulap), Second half of 19th century (Gift of Mr. Yoshijima Tokiyasu)
Crocodile,
Second half of 19th–early 20th century (Gift of Mr. Fujikawa Seijiro)