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The Jinshin Survey: Preservation of Cultural Properties in the Early Phase of the Museum

The Jinshin Survey: Preservation of Cultural Properties in the Early Phase of the Museum / Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room 15   August 23, 2016 (Tue) - October 16, 2016 (Sun)

  
Opening of the Shosoin Repository, From the Jinshin Survey photographs (detail), By Yokoyama Matsusaburo, Dated 1872 (Important Cultural Property)

The Yushima Seido Exhibition of March 1872 marked the establishment of the present-day Tokyo National Museum. Subsequently, Machida Hisanari and Ninagawa Noritane, who were staff members of the museum, conducted with others research of artifacts across Japan. In addition to field research at sites in Nagoya, Ise, Kyoto, and Nara, they gathered catalogs of treasured artifacts from around the country. Known as the Jinshin Survey, which refers to the year it began, was carried out in response to a decree for preserving antiquities and artifacts, and is recognized as the beginning of Japan’s activities for protecting cultural properties.

Many photographs were taken during the Jinshin Survey, in addition to sketches and rubbings by Machida, Ninagawa, and Uchida Masao, of treasures surveyed at temples and shrines. At the Shosoin Repository, which was opened for the first time in around 40 years since 1833, they created sketch reproductions and rubbings of ancient imperial treasures. Even today, these records are used to study the conditions of the Shosoin treasures at that time.

This thematic exhibition introduces aspects of research and protection of cultural properties in the early days of the Tokyo National Museum, focusing on the survey report Jinshin Survey Catalogue of Valuable Objects at Temples and Shrines, and historic photographs.
 

 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.
Collection of Rare Exhibits from Ancient and Modern Times, By Ichiyosai Kuniteru, 1872
Jinshin Survey Catalogue of Valuable Objects at Temples and Shrines, Vol. 12, Compiled by Machida Hisanari, Uchida Masao, Ninagawa Noritane, and others, Dated 1872 (Important Cultural Property)