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Life in Ryukyu

"Life in Ryukyu"

Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room 16  June 13, 2017 (Tue) - September 3, 2017 (Sun)

  
Ritual Bead Necklace, Amami Oshima Island, Second Sho dynasty, Ryukyu kingdom, 19th century (Gift of Ms. Yamato Ryoko)

Tokyo National Museum’s collection of materials from Ryukyu (present-day Okinawa) comprises mainly objects purchased by the Ministry of Agriculture and Commerce from Okinawa prefecture in 1884. In addition to these, special mention should be made of the donated materials related to the noro (female shamans) of Yamato-mura on Amami Oshima island in Kagoshima prefecture. These materials are all significant for the study of Ryukyu culture.
This display presents life in Ryukyu through glistening metalwork objects, textiles in vivid colors, lacquerware showing Chinese influence, as well as ritual implements used by noro, such as a range of objects made from beads.

Current exhibit includes:
Covered Food Box, Figure under tree design in mother-of-pearl inlay and gold inlay, Okinawa Main Island, Second Sho dynasty, Ryukyu kingdom, 18th century (on exhibit through July 23, 2017)
Ritual Bead Necklace, Amami Oshima Island, Second Sho dynasty, Ryukyu kingdom, 19th century (Gift of Ms. Yamato Ryoko)
Small Dishes, Peony design in overglaze enamel, Second Sho dynasty, Ryukyu kingdom, 19th century
Jar, Yaeyama Islands, Second Sho dynasty, Ryukyu kingdom, 17th century
Garment in Bingata Stencil DyeingPeony design on white cotton ground, Okinawa Main Island, Second Sho dynasty, Ryukyu kingdom, 19th century (on exhibit from July 25, 2017)

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