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Recognizing the Mid-Kofun Period

"Recognizing the Mid-Kofun Period"

Heiseikan Japanese Archaeology Gallery  December 7, 2021 (Tue) - June 12, 2022 (Sun)

  
Triangular-Rimmed Mirror with Two Deities and Two Beasts, Found at Shōrinzan Tumulus, Shizuoka, Kofun period, 4th century

"Kofun period" means "burial-mound period." Our perceptions of culture during the Kofun period (ca. 3rd–7th century) are based on grave goods unearthed from burial mounds. Initially, this period was divided into two phases. Later, scholars began to argue for the recognition of a middle phase in the 5th century. This new hypothesis was based on findings obtained from archaeological artifacts in the Museum's collection.

Major Work(s) on Exhibit 5 results
Designation Name Amount Creation Excavation Period Acquisition Ownership Comment
Highlight Mirror with a Galaxy Found in Maebashi City, Gunma Kofun period, 6th century; created in China, 2nd century BC J-22666
Important Cultural Property Mirror with Deities, Mythical Beasts, and a Chariot Found at Samita Takarazuka Tumulus, Nara Kofun period, 4th–5th century; created in China, 2nd–3rd century J-176
Beaked Helmet Reportedly found at Toyotomi Ōtsuka Tumulus, Yamanashi Kofun period, 5th century J-21446
Highlight Triangular-Rimmed Mirror with Two Deities and Two Beasts Found at Shōrinzan Tumulus, Shizuoka Kofun period, 4th century J-21243
Highlight Fragments of a Short Cuirass ("Tankō") Found at Shōrinzan Tumulus, Shizuoka Kofun period, 4th–5th century J-21395