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Woodwork, Lacquerware, Incense Woods, and Measuring Instruments

"Woodwork, Lacquerware, Incense Woods, and Measuring Instruments"

The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures Room 4  August 12, 2020 (Wed) - October 4, 2020 (Sun)

  
“Shaku” Ruler, With “bachiru” [a decorating technique in which ivory is stained in bright colors such as red, blue, or green and then engraved to reveal white underneath] (detail), Nara period, 8th century (Important Cultural Property)

Wooden and lacquered objects include examples of Buddhist ritual implements, furnishings, musical instruments, stationery, measuring tools, and arms & armor, which range in date from the 7th to 17th century. Among these are notable pieces from the 8th century like the Bamboo Cabinet, which was donated by the famous Hōryūji priest Gyōshin, and a sutra box decorated with marquetry that shows the beautiful grain patterns of its jinkō 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 Persia’s involvement 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.

Major Work(s) on Exhibit 2 results
Designation Name Amount Creation Excavation Period Acquisition Ownership Comment
_MD_RECOMMEND Important Cultural Property Jinsuikō (Incense Wood) Asuka–Nara period, 7th–8th century N-114
_MD_RECOMMEND Important Cultural Property “Shaku” Ruler, With “bachiru” Nara period, 8th century N-83