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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

  
Wooden and Lacquer Works Modern Decorative Arts Upcoming
Room 4  December 17, 2019 (Tue) - February 16, 2020 (Sun)

Exhibit includes:
Box for Bonmo-kyo (Sutra of Buddha's Net), Edo period, dated 1694
Flower Vase,
Edo period, 18th–19th century

  
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: Chinese Brocade and Embroidered Buddhist Images Upcoming
Room 6  December 17, 2019 (Tue) - January 19, 2020 (Sun)

Exhibit includes:
Calligraphy:


Textiles:
Embroidered Buddhist Image, Asuka period, 7th century (Important Cultural Property)