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The 69th Annual Exhibition of Shōsō-in Treasures

  This year marks the sixty-ninth Exhibition of Shōsō-in Treasures enriching the autumn colors of the ancient Nara capital. Fifty-eight treasures will be on display: ten from the North Section, twenty-five from the Middle Section, and twenty from the South Section of the Shōsō-in, as well as three from the Shōgozō. Of these, ten are shown for the first time, including a gigaku mask of the mythical bird-like Karura.
  The “Screen Panel with a Wax-Resist (Rōkechi) Design of a Ram Under a Tree” said to have been a personal possession of Emperor Shōmu (701-756), is well known as an excellent example of the assimilation of Eurasian cultures during the Nara period. Although the Persian-style design of a ram with curled horns standing under a tree is impressive, the fabric on which it was dyed is Japanese silk produced in the provinces and paid as tax.
  The international flavor of eighth-century Tenpyō culture, blossoming out of a blending of cultures from many corners of the earth, can be sensed in the “Kugo (Harp) with Lacquered Sound Box,” a precious artifact with roots in Assyria, in the “Sutra Wrapper for the Golden Light Sutra (Konkōmyō saishō-ō kyō)” depicting the mythical bird-woman karyōbinga (Sk. kalavika) originally from India, in the “Twelve-Lobed Oblong Green Glass Cup” that is thought to have been produced in China and modeled on a Persian vessel, and in the exotic “Gilt Bronze Ewer.”
  In addition, the beautiful decorative pieces, such as the gracefully ornamented offering boxes and Buddhist implements as well as the penknives and belt ornaments worn by the nobility, convey the sincere piety and aesthetic sensitivity held by the people of the time.

Screen Panel with a Wax-Resist (Rōkechi) Design of a Ram Under a Tree (North Section)


October 28 (Sat.) – November 13 (Mon.), 2017
Open throughout the term


The New East wing and West wing, Nara National Museum

Open hours

9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
*Note that the exhibition hours will be extended until 8:00 PM on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and on Holidays.
*Last admission is 30 minutes before closing.
*Special Autumn Late Tickets for admission after 4:30 PM on Mondays through Thursdays and after 5:30 PM on Fridays Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays can be bought at the museum on that day starting at 3:30 PM on Mondays through Thursdays and at 4:30 PM on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
See Exhibition Calendar


Individual Advance Ticket / Group "Autumn Late"
General Admission ¥1,100 ¥1,000 ¥800
College/ High School Students ¥700 ¥600 ¥500
Junior High/ Elementary School Students ¥400 ¥300 ¥200
Campus members ¥400
Parent-child pair ¥1,100
(Advance Ticket)

* Advance tickets are available from September 13 (Wed.) until October 27 (Fri.).
* Discount parent-child pair tickets cover a set for an adult plus an elementary through junior high school child. They are only available as advance tickets sold exclusively at major play guide counters and convenience stores.
* Tickets can be purchased at the ticket counter of Nara National Museum and at major play guide counters and convenience stores.
* Group sales apply to parties of 20 people or more, led by a group leader.
* Free of charge for persons with disability and the person’s caretaker.
* ”Autumn Late” discount tickets are valid only from one-and-a-half hours before the closing time of the day. (You can purchase the tickets starting two-and-a-half hours before the closing time at the ticket box of Nara National Museum.)
* The entrance fee covers the main exhibition plus the Nara Buddhist Sculpture Hall and the Ritual Bronzes Gallery.

Works on display

Total number of works: 58
*10 objects on exhibit for the first time ever.
>See some works (Japanese page)

Cultural Exchange Day for Foreign Students

November 1 (Wed.) , 2017
Free admission to “the 69th Annual Exhibition of Shōsō-in Treasures”.
*Please show your student ID card at the entrance.
>Further details


Nara National Museum


Iwatani Corporation, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone West Corporation, Kansai Electrical Safety Inspection Association, Canon Inc., Kyoto Arts And Crafts University, Kintetsu Railway Co.,Ltd., Central Japan Railway Company, West Japan Railway Company, Shionogi Healthcare & Co., Ltd., Daikin Industries, Ltd., Daiwa House Industry Co.,Ltd., Hakutsuru Sake Brewing Co.,Ltd., Maruichi Steel Tube Ltd., and Yamato Noen Co.,Ltd

Special Cooperation

The Yomiuri Shimbun


NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) Nara Station, Nara Television Co.,Ltd., Nippon Kodo Co.,Ltd., Bukkyō Bijutsu Kyōkai (Buddhist Art Foundation), Minerva Shobo Ltd. and Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation


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