Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room T2
August 31, 2021 (Tue) - November 7, 2021 (Sun)
Tōdai-ji Temple is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Japan and is located in the ancient capital Nara. It is perhaps best known for housing a colossal statue called the "Great Buddha of Nara." In this exhibition, Tōdai-ji Temple's roof tiles are used to trace the temple's fluctuating fortunes throughout history, including its multiple reconstructions.
A storehouse on the temple grounds, called the Shōsōin Repository, is famous for protecting and passing down some of Japan's most significant cultural masterpieces. Examining the Shōsōin's roof tiles reveals that repairs were conducted in each period of Japanese history following its initial construction. These regular repairs testify to the devotion of the temple monks to preserve the Shōsōin and its priceless treasures throughout the centuries.