Past Exhibitions

Feature Exhibition in Celebration of ICOM Kyoto 2019
Masterworks of the Kyoto National Museum: Temple and Shrine Treasures
Archaeological National Treasures
August 14, 2019 - September 16, 2019

This gallery displays some of Japan's most important archeological works, many of which are designated as National Treasures or Important Cultural Properties. For example, a tablet with a seventh-century epitaph evidences the early adoption of Chinese characters by the ancient Japanese. A gilt bronze sutra container personally commissioned and interred by the powerful Japanese regent Fujiwara no Michinaga (966–1028) is an extraordinary example of Heian period (794–1185) metal crafting. Other objects in this gallery date from the Neolithic Jōmon period (pre-10,000 BCE–ca. 5th c. BCE) to the medieval Kamakura period (1185–1333).

The Ancient Origins of Tottori and Hyogo Prefectures
August 14, 2019 - September 16, 2019

Brought together in this exhibit are objects ranging in date from the Jōmon period (10,000–300 BCE) to the Kamakura period (1185–1333). Following an exchange of archaeological relics between Hyōgo Prefectural Museum of Archaeology, The Tatsuno City History and Culture Museum (TCHCM), the Tottori Prefectural Museum, and Kyoto National Museum, of the objects on display here — each of which exemplifies the material culture of this region — are twenty or so loaned objects from these institutions. One of them is an earthenware miniature dwelling from the Tottori Prefectural Museum, which is dated to the Yayoi period (ca. 300 BCE–300 CE). From the Kofun period, there are earthenware vessels belonging to The Hyōgen Prefectural Museum of Archaeology and a terracotta tomb figurine (haniwa) in the shape of a horse from TCHCM. The Kofun period lasted roughly from the 3rd century to the 6th century. Its name refers to the tumuli that emerged at this time from which many of the objects serving as the basis for the period’s dating have been excavated. Meanwhile, unglazed ceramic ware (sueki) and ancient bell-shaped bronzes (dōtaku) excavated in Tottori Prefecture and Hyōgo Prefecture are on loan from the Kyoto National Museum collection.

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