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Family Gallery:Unlocking the Secrets of Art

Family Gallery:Unlocking the Secrets of Art / Honkan Room T2   July 5, 2016 (Tue) - August 28, 2016 (Sun)

  
Haniwa male figure, Excavated at Tsukahara, Shimoyokoba, Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki, Late Kofun period, 6th century

Have you ever looking inside a Buddhist statue? Most people never get a chance to do this because at museums, artworks are neatly lined up and people look at them from the front. But there’s more to art than meets the eye! Each artwork actually has an “outside” that everyone can see, and also an “inside” that’s usually hidden.
  
When people working at museums study artworks, they look at them in many different ways, turning them upside down and looking inside them. By doing this, they can unlock the secrets of these artworks, finding out how they were made and what they were used for. We can discover a lot about art by looking in these hidden places, so let’s get started!

 

 Major works in this exhibition
* Works listed below are in the TNM Collection unless otherwise indicated.
 Major works in this exhibition
* Works listed below are in the TNM Collection unless otherwise indicated.
Haniwa male figure, Excavated at Tsukahara, Shimoyokoba, Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki, Late Kofun period, 6th century
Seated Buddha, Painted red inside, Asuka period, 7th century (Important Cultural Property)
Mystic Mirror, With letters that come out under the light, Edo period, 18th century
Okita of Naniwaya, A popular star from Edo, By Kitagawa Utamaro, Edo period, 18th century (On exhibit from August 2, 2016)
Engishiki (Rules and regulations concerning ceremonies and other events), Vol. 26, Written on the back of used paper,  Heian period, 11th century (National Treasure)
Sixteen Arhats: Thirteenth Arhat, Painting of a priest who was one of the great pupils of the Buddha, Heian period, 11th century (National Treasure)