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Unearthed Clay Statues

"Unearthed Clay Statues"

Heiseikan Japanese Archaeology Gallery  March 23, 2021 (Tue) - September 20, 2021 (Mon)

  
Sculpture Fragments
Found at Tachibanadera Temple, Nara, Asuka period, 7th century

Techniques for making clay statues were brought to Japan in the mid–7th century, and numerous statues of this type were made between the late Asuka and Nara periods, from the mid–7th to the 8th century. From unearthed clay statues, which are often found in fragments with their original colors faded, techniques for making them can be determined, and the existence of unrecorded, nonextant temples can be confirmed.

Major Work(s) on Exhibit 4 results
Designation Name Amount Creation Excavation Period Acquisition Ownership Comment
_MD_RECOMMEND Sculpture Fragments Found at Tachibanadera Temple, Nara Asuka period, 7th century C-1046
_MD_RECOMMEND Sculpture Fragments Found at Kitano Temple ruins, Kyoto Asuka–Nara period, 7th–8th century Private collection
Sculpture Fragment (Pedestal) Found at Karudera Temple Site, Nara Nara period, 8th century J-25359-323
Sculpture Fragment (Pedestal) Found at Karudera Temple Site, Nara Nara period, 8th century J-25359-320
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