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Ancient Japanese Tomb Epitaphs

"Ancient Japanese Tomb Epitaphs"

Heiseikan Japanese Archaeology Gallery  September 22, 2021 (Wed) - March 21, 2022 (Mon)

  
Epitaph of Fumi no Nemaro (detail), Found at Fumi no Nemaro's Tomb, Nara, Asuka period, 707 (National Treasure)

Epitaphs buried in graves contain information such as the names, dates of death, ages, social standings, governmental positions, and accomplishments of the deceased. In Japan, the custom of making epitaphs spread in conjunction with cremation from the second half of the 7th to the first half of the 8th century. It was practiced mainly among the nobility in the Kinai region, where Kyoto and Nara are located today.

Major Work(s) on Exhibit 2 results
Designation Name Amount Creation Excavation Period Acquisition Ownership Comment
Highlight National Treasure Epitaph of Fumi no Nemaro Found at Fumi no Nemaro's Tomb, Nara Asuka period, 707 (Keiun 4) J-39201-2
Highlight Important Cultural Property Epitaphs of Oharida no Yasumaro Excavated at Oharida Yasumaro's Tomb, Tsugekoka-cho, Nara-shi, Nara Nara period, dated 729 (Jinki 6) J-39205