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Painting and Textiles

"Painting and Textiles"

The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures Room 6  September 22, 2021 (Wed) - October 24, 2021 (Sun)

  
Monju Bosatsu (Manjusri) (detail), Nanbokucho period, 14th century

The Gallery of Hōryūji Treasures contains paintings from as early as the 11th century—including the National Treasure the Illustrated Biography of Prince Shōtoku (1069 AD), which depicts the legends surrounding Hōryūji Temple’s founder. Other works include the Important Cultural Property the Four Sages at Mount Shang, and Wen Wang and Lu Shang (1364 AD) along with numerous paintings featuring Buddhist themes.

The textiles held in the collection date from the mid-7th to 8th century and consist mainly of Buddhist ritual banners (ban), table mats (joku), and robes or other clothing worn by monks. The textiles also include fragments whose original uses are unknown, including rare ancient textiles, such as warp-faced compound weaves, tapestries, warp ikat fragments, complex gauze (ra), and plain- and twill-weave silks.

Commentary Sheet (PDF)

Major Work(s) on Exhibit 3 results
Designation Name Amount Creation Excavation Period Acquisition Ownership Comment
_MD_RECOMMEND Monju Bosatsu (Manjusri) Nanbokucho period, 14th century N-3-2-3
_MD_RECOMMEND Thousand-armed Kannon (Avalokitesvara) and Twenty-eight Attendants Kamakura-Nanbokucho period, 14th century N-3-2-4

Textiles

Designation Name Amount Creation Excavation Period Acquisition Ownership Comment
_MD_RECOMMEND Important Cultural Property Fragment of Joku Mat; With hexagons Asuka period, 7th century N-43
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