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Daily Tools of the Ainu and Decorative Art Objects of Ryūkyū

"Daily Tools of the Ainu and Decorative Art Objects of Ryūkyū"

Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room 16  December 7, 2021 (Tue) - March 6, 2022 (Sun)

  
Club, Hokkaidō Ainu, 19th century (Gift of the Hokkaidō Project Management Bureau, Ministry of Agriculture and Commerceure)

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 is currently displaying tools that the Ainu people used daily for subsistence activities, such as hunting, fishing, and farming.

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 7 results
Designation Name Amount Creation Excavation Period Acquisition Ownership Comment
Hood Hokkaidō Ainu 19th century Transferred from the Bureau for the Vienna World Exposition, K-25666 On exhibit through January 23, 2022
Highlight Snowshoes Hokkaidō Ainu 19th century Gift of the Hokkaidō Project Management Bureau, Ministry of Agriculture and Commerce, K-25702 On exhibit through January 23, 2022
Highlight Club Hokkaidō Ainu 19th century Gift of the Hokkaidō Project Management Bureau, Ministry of Agriculture and Commerceure, K-25736
Highlight Knife with Sheath Hokkaidō Ainu 19th century Gift of Mr. Tokugawa Yorisada, K-27760
Highlight Harpoon Head Hokkaidō Ainu 19th century Gift of Mr. Ōta Kin, K-26791
Highlight Portable Tea Container Okinawa Main Island Second Shō dynasty, Ryūkyū kingdom, 19th century H-3575 On exhibit through January 23, 2022
Highlight Robe with Linked Three-Tiered Diamonds, Chrysanthemums, Camellias, and Fans Location unknown Second Shō dynasty, Ryūkyū kingdom, 19th century I-2770 On exhibit through January 23, 2022