Feature Exhibition: Buddhist Art from Tango

General Information

Exhibition Title Buddhist Art from Tango
Period July 26, 2016 - September 11, 2016
(However, the second-floor galleries will close on August 28)
Venue Heisei Chishinkan Wing (The Collections Galleries), Glleries 1F-1,2 and 2F-1,2
Transportation JR, Kintetsu Railway, Keihan Railway, Hankyu Railway, City Bus / Map
Closed Closed on Monday
Museum Hours 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (Entrance Until 4:30 p.m.)
Admission Adult 520 yen (410 yen)
Univ. Student 260 yen (210 yen)
(Fees in parentheses are for groups of 20+)
*Admission is free for youths of high school age and below.

Images from the Exhibit

The Tango Peninsula, jutting into the Japan Sea, is part of northern Kyoto prefecture. With its maritime access to China and Korea and its close relationship to the longtime capital of Kyoto, the region has long served as an active crossroads for both people and objects. It also has a rich Buddhist heritage, with major temples housing sacred artworks dating from the Heian (794–1185) through Muromachi (1392–1573) periods. Recent research has revealed the special significance of its Heian and Kamakura (1185–1333) sculptures and its medieval Buddhist paintings and ritual objects.

Buddhist Art from Tango also features, for the first time ever, a tenth century “hidden” (hibutsu) Buddhist sculpture of the Thousand Armed Kannon (Avalokiteśvara) from the temple of Enjō-ji. This sculpture is normally kept enclosed and secreted from view, even at its temple. The Kyoto National Museum’s exhibition is an extraordinarily rare opportunity to view this revered icon in addition to a wealth of other masterworks bespeaking the ancient history and Buddhist culture of Kyoto’s seaside region.

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