Feature Exhibition Paintings from the Kyoto Imperial Palace: The Shishinden

General Information

Exhibition Title Feature Exhibition
Paintings from the Kyoto Imperial Palace: The Shishinden
Period January 2 – February 2, 2020
Venue Heisei Chishinkan Wing (The Collections Galleries), Gallery 2F-4
Transportation JR, Kintetsu Railway, Keihan Railway, Hankyu Railway, City Bus / Map
Closed Closed on Monday
*The museum will be opened on Mondays January 13, 2020 and closed on Tuesdays January 14, 2020.
Museum Hours Tuesday - Thursday, Sunday: 9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (Entrance Until 4:30 p.m.)
Fridays and Saturdays: 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

The Ceremonial Hall (Shishinden) is considered the most important building on the imperial palace grounds, which came to serve as official building for enthronement and state ceremonies sometime after the mid-Heian period (794–1185).

The panels from the Shishinden in this exhibit, depict Thirty-two Chinese Sages and are installed behind the platform of the emperor's throne (takamikura). The paintings portray thirty-two sages that are said to have lived between the Shang dynasty (ca. 1750–1045 BCE) and Tang dynasty (618–907), in China. They are associated with ethical rule and can be placed within the tradition of moral paragon painting. The center panels feature a pair of guardian lion and lion-dog, and an auspicious turtle.

Today, while most of the wall panels found at the imperial palace were newly painted during a major reconstruction project in 1855, the Thirty-two Chinese Sages panels date to 1792, two years after the Ceremonial Hall was completed. Please take a good look at the nine panels from the Ceremonial Hall displayed on this rare occasion.

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