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  • Image of "Dogu Figurine, Known as the "Jomon Godess", Lent by Yamagata Prefecture (Housed at Yamagata Prefectural Museum, National Treasure)"

    Dogu Figurine, Known as the "Jomon Godess", Lent by Yamagata Prefecture (Housed at Yamagata Prefectural Museum, National Treasure)

    Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room T4
    March 23, 2016 (Wed) - April 17, 2016 (Sun)

    Clay figurines known as dogu from Japan’s prehistoric Jomon Period (11,000 BC–5th century BC) are thought to have been used in prayer. Mostly female in form, they are acclaimed worldwide as works of art that reflect the faith and spiritual world of their creators. Among these figurines, those designated National Treasures have both historical value and beautifully modeled forms.

    On this occasion, in cooperation with Yamagata Prefecture and the Yamagata Promotional Organization for Industrial Technology, the Tokyo National Museum is holding the special viewing, Goddess of the Jomon Period: A National Treasure Dogu Figurine.

    This particular figurine is called the Goddess of the Jomon Period because of its elegant yet powerful form. It is also the largest standing dogu figurine yet to be discovered. At the Nishinomae Excavation Site in Funagata, Yamagata Prefecture, where this figurine was found, 47 dogu fragments of various sizes were also unearthed and designated National Treasures on September 6, 2012. At this exhibition, we will display 41 of these fragments in addition to the Goddess of the Jomon Period. This is the first time that these objects are being displayed outside of Yamagata Prefecture since their designation as National Treasures.

    Moreover, the Goddess of the Jomon Period will be displayed in a “next-generation museum display case with OLED (organic light-emitting diode) lighting.” This case, which was developed through cooperation among firms in Yamagata Prefecture and incorporates the latest technology, allows visitors to fully enjoy the beautiful form of this dogu figurine.

General Information

Period Wednesday, March 23 - Sunday, April 17, 2016
Venue Honkan Room T4, Tokyo National Museum (Ueno Park)
Hours 9:30 - 17:00
Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays until 18:00
Fridays until 20:00
(Last entry 30 minutes before closing)
Closed Mondays (Except for Monday, March 28, April 4)
Admission Adults: 620 (520) yen
University students: 410 (310) yen
* Prices shown in ( ) indicate advance and group (more than 20 persons) discount tickets.
* Persons with disabilities are admitted free with one accompanying person each.
* High/Junior High/Elementary School Students and persons under 18 and over 70: Free
* Special exhibition "Kuroda Seiki, Master of Modern Japanese Painting: The 150th Anniversary of his Birth" (Wednesday, March 23 - Sunday, May 15, 2016) ,  "Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul" (Tuesday, April 12 - Sunday, June 19, 2016, Hyokeikan) requires a separate admission fee.
Access 10 minutes' walk from JR Ueno Station (Park exit) and Uguisudani Station
15 minutes' walk from Keisei Ueno Station, Tokyo Metro Ueno Station and Tokyo Metro Nezu Station
Organizers Tokyo National Museum, Yamagata Prefecture, Yamagata Promotional Organization for Industrial Technology
General Inquiries 03-5405-8686 (Hello Dial)