Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Rooms T1 & T2
January 2, 2013 (Wed) - January 27, 2013 (Sun)
This thematic exhibition is part of the New Year's Celebration at the Tokyo National Museum, taking place at the start of the New Year. In the Chinese zodiac, 2013 is the Year of the Snake. This exhibition features selected artworks and objects from the museum collection on the theme of snakes.
Snakes tend to be disliked by people. Despite this, snakes are often revered for displaying mystical behavior, and have even become guardian deities or symbols of luck and fortune. These thoughts regarding snakes are reflected in the interest people take in the flexible form of snakes, as well as their varied, fascinating shapes.
In celebration of the New Year, this exhibition introduces the world of snakes from four angles: 1, the form of snakes in Japan and abroad; 2, snakes depicted in paintings; 3, snakes in the animals of the Chinese zodiac; and 4, snakes in performance art.