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New Acquisitions to the Museum in Fiscal Year 2013

  • Image of "Seated Nyoirinkannon Bosatsu (Cakravarti-cintamani), Kamakura period, 13th century"

    Seated Nyoirinkannon Bosatsu (Cakravarti-cintamani), Kamakura period, 13th century

    Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room T2
    May 20, 2014 (Tue) - June 1, 2014 (Sun)

    For museums, the preservation and exhibition of irreplaceable cultural properties in an appropriate environment is an important task. As a national museum, the Tokyo National Museum preserves and widely displays a collection of high-quality cultural properties, which date from ancient to modern times and represent an extensive range of genres. In addition to works of Japanese origin, the collection includes objects from regions throughout Asia which also offer valuable insights into Japanese culture.

    To display the collection systematically and to explore some themes in more depth, there are areas of the collection which need to be enriched. For this reason, the museum constantly strives to increase the number of exceptional cultural properties it preserves.

    Last year the museum acquired many new items, including those received as donations and those that were purchased. Each of these objects is of remarkable importance for the study of Japanese and other Asian cultures.

    This exhibition features 34 of these new additions to the museum collection. We hope this exhibition will deepen understanding of this facet of the museum’s work while also communicating the vitality of cultures past.

Major works in this exhibition
* Works listed below are in the TNM Collection unless otherwise indicated.
View of Kinkasan Island, By Shibata Zeshin, Dated 1890 (Gift of Mr. Hirase Yujiro)
Letter, By Aizu Yaichi, Showa era, 20th century (Gift of Ms. Horie Kyoko)
Mirror with Image of Senju Kannon (Thousand-armed Avalokitesvara) in Hairline Engraving, Heian period, 12th century (Important Art Object)
Furisode (Garment with long hanging sleeves), Design of cherry blossom, wisteria, chrysanthemum and blue magpie on yellowish green chirimen crepe ground, Edo period, 19th century (Gift of Mrs. Abe Miyoko)
Seated Nyoirinkannon Bosatsu (Cakravarti-cintamani), Kamakura period, 13th century
Gusoku Type Armor, Two-piece cuirass with light-green striped lacing, Edo period, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Uehara Chiaki)

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Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room T2  May 20, 2014 (Tue)   14:00 - 14:30   RESERVE_DAY