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Ainu and Ryūkyū

" Ainu and Ryūkyū "

Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room 16  January 13, 2021 (Wed) - April 11, 2021 (Sun)

  
Portable Food Box, Hokkaidō Ainu (Sōya), 19th century (Gift of Mr. Tokugawa Yorisada)

The islands of Japan stretch from north to south. They include diverse natural environments, which have been home to different cultures over thousands of years. This gallery presents the cultures of the Ainu people of the north and the Ryūkyū Kingdom of the south.

The Ainu are indigenous people who live mainly on Hokkaidō, Japan’s northernmost major island. For centuries they traded with surrounding cultures while relying on hunting, fishing, and gathering. The Museum's extensive Ainu collection was acquired from the Bureau for the Vienna World Exposition in 1875 and through donations from private collectors.

The Ryūkyū Kingdom flourished on the subtropical islands of Okinawa from the 15th to 19th century.

Its culture was strongly influenced by trade, especially with Japan, China, Korea, and Southeast Asia. The Museum's diverse Ryūkyū collection includes items purchased by the Ministry of Agriculture and Commerce from Okinawa Prefecture and those donated by private collectors.

Major Work(s) on Exhibit 8 results
Designation Name Amount Creation Excavation Period Acquisition Ownership Comment
_MD_RECOMMEND Portable Food Box Hokkaidō Ainu (Sōya) 19th century Gift of Mr. Tokugawa Yorisada, H-3663 On exhibit through February 28, 2021
Portable Food Box By Hokkaidō Ainu (Akkeshi) 19th century Gift of Mr. Tokugawa Yorisada, H-3664 On exhibit from March 2, 2021
_MD_RECOMMEND Backstrap Loom Hokkaidō Ainu 19th century Gift of the Asiatic Society of Japan, K-25652
_MD_RECOMMEND Pot with Lugs Hokkaidō Ainu 19th century Gift of the Hokkaidō Project Management Bureau, Ministry of Agriculture and Commerce, K-25924
_MD_RECOMMEND Spatula Hokkaidō Ainu 19th century Gift of Mr. Tokugawa Yorisada, K-27748
_MD_RECOMMEND Tray Hokkaidō Ainu 19th century Transferred from the Bureau for the Vienna World Exposition, K-25674
_MD_RECOMMEND Coat Hokkaidō Ainu 19th century K-39112 On exhibit from March 2, 2021
_MD_RECOMMEND Robe with Peonies and Phoenixes Okinawa Main Island Second Shō dynasty, Ryūkyū kingdom, 19th century I-3487 On exhibit through February 28, 2021