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May 16, 2019 (Thu)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

  
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)

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

The majority of metalwork objects are Buddhist implements, which are classified into various categories according to their use. Kuyôgu are objects used for offerings and Sôgu are items used daily by priests. There are also ritual implements used exclusively at Esoteric Buddhist temples and bon'ongu used to strike the hours or to give a signal. They mainly date from the Asuka and Nara periods with later examples reaching up to the Edo period. A significant number of pieces were made in China and the Korean Peninsula or were strongly influenced by works from these regions. The shape and decorative design of the Dragonhead Pitcher are evidence of an active cultural exchange between Tang China and Persia. Other masterpieces include the Incense Burner with a “Magpie Tail"-shaped Handle (which is the oldest example of an incense burner with a handle in Japan), Cupronickel Mirrors with Seashore Designs which were donated by Empress Kômyô to Hôryû-ji Temple in 736, and the Set of an Ink Cake Stand, Water Holder, and Spoon which are said to have been used by Prince Shôtoku when he wrote the Hokke Gisho annotations on the Lotus Sutra.

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)

  
Calligraphy: Japanese Sutras; Textiles: Bottom Sections of Early Buddhist Banners
Room 6  May 14, 2019 (Tue) - June 16, 2019 (Sun)

Exhibit includes:

Calligraphy:
Bonmo-kyo (Sutra of Brahma's Net), Heian period, 9th century, (Important Cultural Property)

Textiles:
Fragments of Ban (Buddhist Ritual Banner): "Banner Legs" With paired dragons and double bead roundels design, Asuka–Nara period, 7th–8th century