- Archaeological Treasures in Gold, Silver, and Bronze
- September 13, 2014 - December 23, 2014
This exhibition features Japanese archaeological artifacts made from bronze and decorated with silver plate and gilding. Most of these works came from the votive deposits placed in sutra mounds by members of the Heian period aristocracy. Highlights include the Heian period gilt bronze sutra container of Fujiwara Michinaga from Kinpu Shrine and the silver and gold plated sutra box with paired birds and composite flowers from Kinpusen-ji Temple, both National Treasures. These sutra containers and boxes resonate with the hopes and prayers of the Heian courtiers.