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The Hidden Buddha of Rakuyaji Temple, Shiga

The Hidden Buddha of Rakuyaji Temple, Shiga / Honkan Room T5   September 13, 2016 (Tue) - January 9, 2017 (Mon)

  

Rakuyaji (Koka City, Shiga Prefecture), an ancient temple of the Tendai sect of Buddhism, has preserved twenty Buddhist statues from the Heian period (794–1192)  designated Important Cultural Properties. This number is outstanding even in Shiga Prefecture, where a many fine Buddhist statues remain to this day. This exhibition is the first opportunity to show all twenty of these statues outside Rakuyaji Temple. The principal deity, a Seated Juichimen Kannon Bosatsu (Ekadasamukha), is approximately three meters high, exhibiting overwhelming presence. It is a “hidden” statue that is usually kept behind large, heavy doors. Other works on exhibit include eleven other Kannon (Avalokitesvara) statues, a Standing Bishamon Ten (Vaisravana), which somehow gives a familiar impression, and a Seated Jizo Bosatsu (Ksitigarbha), which is an exceptional statue created in 1187. This exhibition shows, in one sweep, masterpieces of Heian-period Buddhist sculpture preserved in Rakuyaji Temple.

The exhibition period of the special exhibition, The Hidden Buddha of Rakuyaji Temple, Shiga, has been extended.

Initial Exhibition Period:
Tuesday, September 13–Sunday, December 11, 2016

Revised Exhibition Period:
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
- Monday, January 9, 2017
*Closed on Saturday, December 24, 2016
- Sunday, January 1, 2017.

Please note:
*From December 13 onward, tickets can be purchased only at the museum ticket booths by the Main Gate. Advance tickets that have already been purchased as well as complimentary tickets are valid throughout the revised exhibition period.
*The Special Exhibition Shop in Honkan (Japanese Gallery) was closed on December 11, and will be closed for the rest of 2016. It will reopen on January 2, 2017 and operate until January 9, 2017.
 Exhibition catalogues can be purchased at the Museum Shop in Honkan (Japanese Gallery) throughout the revised exhibition period.


We would like to thank all visitors who have already viewed this exhibition, and hope many more visitors would take this opportunity to see it.

Highlights of the Exhibition

General Information

"Characteristic Buddhas from Rakuyaji Temple"  Voting(voting period:October 3 - October 31, 2016)

Highlights of the Exhibition

 

重要文化財 十一面観音菩薩立像
Seated Eleven-Headed Kannon Bosatsu (Ekadasamukha)
Heian period, 10th century
Important Cultural Property
Rakuyaji, Shiga
 

 

 

重要文化財 薬師如来坐像
Seated Yakushi Nyorai (Bhaisajyaguru)
Heian period, 12th century
Important Cultural Property
Rakuyaji, Shiga
 
重要文化財 地蔵菩薩坐像
Seated Jizo Bosatsu (Ksitigarbha)
Heian period, Dated 1187
Important Cultural Property
Rakuyaji, Shiga
 

 

 重要文化財 観音菩薩立像
Standing Kannon Bosatsu (Avalokitesvara)
Heian period,10th–11th century
Important Cultural Property
Rakuyaji, Shiga
重要文化財 毘沙門天立像
Standing Bishamonten (Vaisravana)
Heian period,10th–11th century
Important Cultural Property
Rakuyaji, Shiga
 

 

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General Information

Period Tuesday, September 13 - Sunday, December 11, 2016 Monday, January 9, 2017
Venue Honkan Room T5, Tokyo National Museum (Ueno Park)
Hours 9:30 - 17:00
Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays during September until 18:00
Fridays until 20:00
Oct.14 and 15 until 22:00; Oct. 22, Nov. 3 and 5 until 20:00
(Last entry 30 minutes before closing)
Closed Mondays (Except for Sept. 19, Oct. 10, Jan 2 and Jan 9 ); Sept. 20, Oct.11
Friday, December 24, 2016 - Monday, January 1, 2017
Admission Adults: 1000 (900) yen
University students: 700 (600) yen
High school students:400 (300) yen
Junior high school students and under: Free 
* Prices shown in ( ) indicate advance and group (more than 20 persons) discount tickets.
* Persons with disabilities are admitted free with one accompanying person each.
* From December 13 onward, tickets can be purchased only at the museum ticket booths by the Main Gate.
* Advance tickets will be on sale at the museum ticket booths (during museum opening hours excluding the last 30 minutes) and other major ticketing agencies from Friday, July 15  to Monday, September 12, 2016.
* Special exhibitions "A Journey to the Land of Immortals: Treasures of Ancient Greece" (Tuesday, June 21 - Monday, September 19, 2016, Heiseikan) , and  "The Art of ZEN: From Mind to Form" (Tuesday, October 18 - Sunday, November 27, 2016, Heiseikan) requires separate admission fees.
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, Rakuyaji Temple, The Yomiuri Shimbun
With the Support of TBS Radio, Inc.
With the Sponsorship of Nissha Printing Co., Ltd.
With the Cooperation of NIPPON EXPRESS CO., LTD.
General Inquiries 03-5777-8600 (Hello Dial)
Exhibition Website http://hibutsu2016.com/ (In Japanese)
The website has closed with the end of the exhibition.

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