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2018 Newly Designated National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties


    Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room 8 & Room 11
    April 17, 2018 (Tue) - May 6, 2018 (Sun)

    “Important Cultural Property” is a designation given to tangible cultural properties including paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, calligraphy, books, historical documents, archaeological objects, historical materials, and buildings that have been deemed historically or artistically important to Japan. They are designated by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology as items of national heritage that should be preserved for future generations. From among these items, those that are inherently superior or have high artistic value even from a global perspective are designated “National Treasures.”

    This exhibition contains 5 objects that were designated as National Treasures and 50 objects as Important Cultural Properties in 2018, as well as 3 decorative art object additionally designated as an Important Cultural Property.
    We hope that visitors will enjoy this rare opportunity to view these invaluable objects.

 Major works in this exhibition
 Major works in this exhibition
Landscapes of Four Seasons with Sun and Moon, Muromachi Period, 15th century (National Treasure, Lent by Amanosan-Kongoji Temple, Osaka)
Standing Senju Kannon (Thousand-armed Kannon), wood, Kamakura Period, 13th century (National Treasure, Lent by Myohoin temple, Kyoto)
Daihoshakukyo Sutra, gold on indigo paper, By Choe Seong Sag, Koryo Period, dated 1006 (National Treasure, Lent by Kyoto National Museum)
Documents of Sugaura, Map of the boundary between Sugaura and Ourasimo no sho, Kamakura–Edo Period, 13th-18th century (National Treasure, Lent by Sugajinja, Shiga)
Scene from Tale of Genji: Nonomiya, By Iwasa Katsumochi (Matabei), Edo Period, 17th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Idemitsu Museum of Arts, Tokyo)
Worshipping Bodhisattava on Cloud, wood, Heian Period, 11th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Agency for Cultural Affairs)
Furisode (Garment with long sleeves), Design of Hawks and Screens in Yuzen Technique on Pale Yellow Chirimen Crepe Ground, Edo period, 18th century (Important Cultural Property, Tokyo National Museum)
The Tale of Genji Ikeda version, Kamakura Period, 13th–14th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Tenri University)
Acceptance of Taira no Kiyomori, Heian Period, 12th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Agency for Cultural Affairs)
Objects from Sanmaizuka Tumulus, Ibaraki, Middle-Late Kofun Period, 5th–6th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Ibaraki Prefecture)
Records of the library and archives department of Tokugawa shogunate, Edo Period, 17th–19th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by National Archives of Japan)


 Related website
 Related website
About Agency for Cultural Affairs: http://www.bunka.go.jp/