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A History of Buddhist Sculpture in Japan: Sacred Works from the Museum Collection

"A History of Buddhist Sculpture in Japan: Sacred Works from the Museum Collection"

Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room 14  May 17, 2022 (Tue) - July 10, 2022 (Sun)

  
The Bodhisattva Nikkō, Previously owned by Kinrinji Temple and Kōsanji Temple, Kyoto, Nara period, 8th century (Important Cultural Property)

In the 6th century, ritual tools, sacred texts, and sculptures of deities were introduced to Japan together with Buddhism. Soon after, people in Japan also began making these sculptures, which portray deities with golden halos and other sacred traits. The techniques and artistic styles of these sculptures, however, transformed over time, reflecting the changing tastes and beliefs of the people who made them.
Tokyo National Museum, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary, is home to a wide variety of Buddhist sculptures, some part of the Museum’ s permanent collection and others on long-term loan. This exhibition presents a brief history of Japan' s Buddhist sculpture through works embodying the trends of their respective times.

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Major Work(s) on Exhibit 5 results
Designation Name Amount Creation Excavation Period Acquisition Ownership Comment
Highlight Important Cultural Property Queen Maya and Heavenly Beings Collection of Hōryūji Treasures Asuka period, 7th century N-191
Buddha Collection of Hōryūji Treasures Asuka period, 7th century N-193
Highlight Important Cultural Property The Bodhisattva Nikkō Previously owned by Kinrinji Temple and Kōsanji Temple, Kyoto Nara period, 8th century C-218
Highlight Important Cultural Property The Buddha Amida Heian period, 1176 Lent by Saikōin Temple, Saitama
Highlight Buddha By Enkū, Previously owned by Kōshōji Temple, Gunma Edo period, 17th century Gift of Mr. Tokita Chikara, C-1827