Christian Objects from the Age of Exploration and Discovery

"Christian Objects from the Age of Exploration and Discovery"

Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room T2  October 7, 2008 (Tue) - November 16, 2008 (Sun)

The Virgin (The Virgin of the Thumb), Italy, 19th century (Important Cultural Property)

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In this thematic exhibition, Christian objects brought to Japan by Portuguese ships or those produced in Japan during the period of exploration and discovery are displayed to reflect on the dynamic communication between East and West.
Current exhibit includes:
Stern Carving of Erasmus, Dated 1598 (Important Cultural Property, Collection of Ryuko-in, Tochigi)
European Knight, Artist unknown, Azuchi-Momoyama period, 16th century
Relatione del Viaggio et Arrivo in Europa et Roma de' Prencipi Giapponesi (Concerning the Voyage of Four Young Japanese Men to Rome), Published by Reggio, Dated 1585, Italy (Important Cultural Property)
Christ, Late 16th - early 17th century (Important Cultural Property, Formerly kept in Shumon-gura of Nagasaki Magistrate Office)