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Calligraphy and Textiles

"Calligraphy and Textiles"

The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures Room 6  May 24, 2022 (Tue) - June 19, 2022 (Sun)

  
Obi Fragment, With glass and pearls (detail), Nara period, 8th century (Important Cultural Property)

The works of calligraphy held in the Gallery of Horyuji Treasures primarily consist of records donated to the temple by Empress Kōken (713–770), works imported from China during the Tang dynasty (618–907), and Horyuji Temple’s records of daily events as well as legends concerning Prince Shōtoku.

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.

Dyed fabrics include examples of all three major dyeing techniques form the 8th century: tie-dyeing in a dot pattern (kōkechi), wax-resist dyeing (rōkechi), and clamp-resist dyeing (kyōkechi). The collection also features examples of early embroidery, braiding, and rugs.

Commentary Sheet (PDF)

Calligraphy
Textiles
Major Work(s) on Exhibit 3 results

Calligraphy

Designation Name Amount Creation Excavation Period Acquisition Ownership Comment
Highlight "Shōsan Jōdobutsu Shōju-kyō" Sutra on the Pure Land and Salvation through the Grace of Buddha Nara period, 8th century N-10

Textiles

Designation Name Amount Creation Excavation Period Acquisition Ownership Comment
Highlight Important Cultural Property Obi Fragment, With glass and pearls Nara period, 8th century N-49
Highlight Important Cultural Property Fragment of "Ban" (Buddhist Ritual Banner), With arrowhead pattern Asuka–Nara period, 7–8th century N-50-1