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The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures

The building was designed by Yoshio Taniguchi and has been furnished with the latest in conservation technology. The reference room on the 2nd floor mezzanine has the "digital archive" which allows visitors to view the entire collection of Horyuji Treasures on computer with explanations provided in Japanese, Chinese, Korean, English, and French. A restaurant is located on the ground floor.
* The Horyuji Treasures consist of over 300 valuable objects, mainly from the 7th - 8th century, which were donated to the Imperial Household by Horyuji Temple in 1878.

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1st floor: Kanjo-ban (Banner for the Kanjo Ceremony) , Gilt Bronze Buddhist Statues, Halos, Repousse Buddhist Images, Gigaku Masks

  
Kanjo-ban (Banner for the Kanjo Ceremony)
Room 1  April 2, 2019 (Tue) - April 5, 2020 (Sun)

Including:
Kanjoban, banner with canopy for Kanjo Ceremony, Asuka period, 7th century (National Treasure)

  
Gilt Bronze Buddhist Statues, Halos, Repousse Buddhist Images
Room 2  April 2, 2019 (Tue) - April 5, 2020 (Sun)

Including:
Amida (Amitabha) and Two Attendants, Asuka period, 7th century (Important Cultural Property)
Seated Bosatsu (Bodhisattva) with One Leg Pendent, Asuka period, dated 606 or 666 (Important Cultural Property)
Amida (Amitabha), Triad and Two Priests, Made by hammering copper plates, Asuka period, 7th century (Important Cultural Property)

  
Gigaku Masks
Room 3  April 2, 2019 (Tue) - April 5, 2020 (Sun)

This room is open on Fridays and Saturdays.

Including:
Gigaku Mask Shishiko, Asuka period, 7th century (Important Cultural Property)
Gigaku Mask Chido, Asuka period, 7th century (Important Cultural Property)
Gigaku Mask Suiko, Asuka–Nara period, 8th century (Important Cultural Property)

2nd floor: Wooden and Lacquer wares , Metalwork, Painting, Calligraphy, Textiles

  
Metalwork
Room 4  April 2, 2019 (Tue) - April 5, 2020 (Sun)

Including:
Incense Burner with Magpie's Tail-shaped Handle, Asuka period, 7th century (National Treasure)
Pitcher with Dragon Head, Asuka period, 7th century (National Treasure)

  
Wooden and Lacquer Works
Room 4  April 23, 2019 (Tue) - June 23, 2019 (Sun)

Wooden and lacquered objects include various examples of Buddhist ritual implements, furnishings, musical instruments, stationery, measuring tools, and arms & armor, which range in date from the 7th to the 17th century. Among these are notable pieces from the 8th century like the Bamboo Cabinet, which was donated by the famous Hôryû-ji priest Gyôshin, and a sutra box decorated with marquetry that shows the beautiful grain patterns of its jinkó wood. The Seven-stringed Zither is also valuable for its ink inscription, which tells us it was produced in China's Sichuan Province in 724. The inscriptions on the pieces of incense wood in this collection also have revealed important facts about the involvement of Persians in the trade of such wood. Through these works one can not only see the culture of Japanese decorative art but can also get a sense of the cultural exchanges that occurred within East Asia centuries ago.

Including:
Box, Design of flowers, butterflies, and birds in gold and silver paint, Nara period, 8th century (Important Cultural Property)
Needle CaseWith bachiru, Nara period, 8th century (Important Cultural Property)

  
Calligraphy: Japanese Sutras, Textiles: Other Textiles Made with Various Techniques
Room 6  April 16, 2019 (Tue) - May 12, 2019 (Sun)

Including:
Calligraphy:
Bonmo-kyo (Sutra of Brahma's Net), (Important Cultural Property)

Textiles:
ClothWith paired birds and bead roundels design on reddish purple ground, Asuka – Nara period, 7th–8th century
ClothWith flowers in bead roundels design on red ground, Asuka – Nara period, 7th–8th century
Pieces of ClothWith paired phoenixes and bead roundels design on light brown ground, Asuka – Nara period, 7th–8th century
Fragment of ClothWith lateral stripes design in assorted colors, Formerly preserved at Horyuji, Nara period, 8th century