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The Prayers of the Ainu and Decorative Art Objects of Ryūkyū

"The Prayers of the Ainu and Decorative Art Objects of Ryūkyū"

Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room 16  September 14, 2021 (Tue) - December 5, 2021 (Sun)

  
Five-Stringed Harp
Hokkaidō Ainu, 19th century

Stretching from north to south, the Japanese archipelago is home to diverse cultures that have flourished in its rich natural environments. Representing such cultures from northern Japan, this gallery sheds light on forms of prayer among the Ainu people. Exhibits consist of spiritual and ritualistic objects, including ritual spatulas, accessories such as crowns and necklaces, and a range of tools used for bear sacrifice ceremonies.

Representing a southern culture, decorative art objects from the Ryūkyū Kingdom—mainly lacquerware and textiles—are also on display in this gallery. The Ryūkyū Kingdom developed its unique culture through trade with regions in Asia including China, Japan, the Korean Peninsula, and Southeast Asia.

Major Work(s) on Exhibit 8 results
Designation Name Amount Creation Excavation Period Acquisition Ownership Comment
_MD_RECOMMEND Sea Turtle Skull Hokkaidō Ainu 19th century K-25746
_MD_RECOMMEND Ritual Crown Sakhalin Ainu 19th century Gift of Mr. Tokugawa Yorisada, K-28102
_MD_RECOMMEND Sash with Decorative Fittings Sakhalin Ainu 19th century Gift of the Hokkaidō Project Management Bureau, Ministry of Agriculture and Commerce, K-25741
_MD_RECOMMEND Five-Stringed Harp Hokkaidō Ainu 19th century H-3699
_MD_RECOMMEND Ritual Hoe-Shaped Crest Hokkaidō Ainu, Found in Kuriyama Town, Hokkaidō 19th century Gift of Mr. Oda Katsukichi and Mr. Izumi Rintaro, K-27529-1
_MD_RECOMMEND Cinerary Urn Okinawa Main Island; Tsuboya ware Second Shō dynasty, Ryūkyū kingdom, 19th century K-26023
_MD_RECOMMEND Robe with Waves, Pines, Plum Blossoms, and Autumn Leaves Okinawa Main Island Second Shō dynasty, Ryūkyū kingdom, 19th century I-3475 On exhibit through October 24, 2021
_MD_RECOMMEND Robe with a Stylized Well Curb Pattern Okinawa Main Island Meiji era, 20th century I-3479 On exhibit from October 26, 2021
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