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Tomb Sculptures (Haniwa) and Funerary Rites

"Tomb Sculptures (Haniwa) and Funerary Rites"

Heiseikan Japanese Archaeology Gallery  June 29, 2021 (Tue) - January 16, 2022 (Sun)

Tomb Sculpture (Haniwa): House with Smaller Houses, Found at Saitobaru Burial Mounds, Miyazaki, Kofun period, 5th century (Important Cultural Property)

The advent of burial mounds coincided with the emergence of a specific kind of tomb sculpture, called haniwa. These sculptures are assumed to have played an important role in ancient funerary rites, and were a common feature of burial mounds until the practice declined after early societies abandoned the construction of colossal, keyhole-shaped burial mounds. This section of the gallery features house-shaped tomb sculptures, which were the dominant type during the 5th century. The lineup also includes illustrative examples of three other types of tomb sculptures: those in the shapes of weapons and household items, cylindrical sculptures, and wooden sculptures.

Major Work(s) on Exhibit 2 results
Designation Name Amount Creation Excavation Period Acquisition Ownership Comment
_MD_RECOMMEND Important Cultural Property Tomb Sculpture ("Haniwa"): House with Smaller Houses Found at Saitobaru Burial Mounds, Miyazaki Kofun period, 5th century J-34661
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