Feature Exhibition
Shinto Deities and Guardian Lions and Lion-Dogs
January 2 – March 22, 2020

General Information

Exhibition Title Feature Exhibition
Shinto Deities and Guardian Lions and Lion-Dogs
Period January 2 – March 22, 2020
Venue Heisei Chishinkan Wing (The Collections Galleries), Gallery 1F-1
Transportation JR, Kintetsu Railway, Keihan Railway, Hankyu Railway, City Bus / Map
Closed Closed on Monday
*The museum will be opened on Mondays January 13, February 24, 2020 and closed on Tuesdays January 14, February 25, 2020.
Museum Hours Tuesday - Thursday, Sunday, March 6, 7, 13, 14 :
9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (Entrance Until 4:30 p.m.)

Fridays and Saturdays (except March 6, 7, 13, 14):
9:30 a.m.–8:00 p.m. (Entrance until 7:30 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 high school students and other youths age 0–17, seniors over 70, visitors with disabilities and one caretaker, and for Campus Members (including faculty). Please show I.D.

Images from the Exhibit

How did the early Japanese represent the kami, their indigenous Shinto gods? When shown in human forms, these deities were often represented as refined aristocrats, but they are also shown as armor-wearing figures with fierce expressions or in other ways. Typically, the Shinto shrines dedicated to such kami have paired lions and lion-dogs standing guard out front. (The lion, on the right, has mouth open, while the horned lion-dog is on the left with its mouth closed.) These guardian animals too were depicted in various ways that changed over time. This exhibition features rare early statues of Shinto deities and protective beasts, giving visitors an unparalleled opportunity to view sacred representations that differ from Buddhist images.

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