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 The Shōsō-in was built in the Nara period (710–794) as the repository at Tōdaiji, and it has stored about 9,000 treasures—foremost among them the treasures beloved by Emperor Shōmu (r. 724–749). Each year, around sixty of these are selected for public view at the Annual Exhibition of Shōsō-in Treasures. Representative of important genres encompassed in the Shōsō-in, these treasures are a delight to experience. This year, one can see musical instruments, gigaku masks, games, furnishings, waistband accessories, dyed and woven textiles, and a selection of historical documents and sutras. Highlights among the many enchanting treasures on display this year include the exquisite Round Bronze Mirror embellished and lions and rhinoceroses rendered in mother-of-pearl, amber, and turquoise inlay; the Game Bow (Dankyū) with Sumi Ink Paintings of Musicians and Sangaku Performers featuring crowded depictions of lively acrobats and other entertainers; and Patterned Felt Rugs (Kasen) revealing intricate floral motifs.
 Major themes of this year’s exhibition are weaponry and medicine. This year’s weapons include Tachi swords, a Lacquered Vine Quiver (Koroku), a Wooden Bow (Azusayumi), and Spears (Hoko). These and the Saddle on display evoke ancient warriors outfitted in military attire.
 The eight examples of medicine on display this year are among the offerings that Empress Kōmyō (701–760) bequeathed to Tōdaiji for distribution to the sick. This donation can be placed in the larger context of her extensive efforts to heal and rescue all of her subjects, including establishing an institution comparable to a modern-day hospital. This stockpile of apotropaic supplies has received much attention for what it conveys of the struggles against epidemics during the Nara period.


Red Sandalwood Lute (Biwa)
South Section


Saturday, October 24th–Monday, November 9th, 2020 (Reiwa 2) 
The museum remains open for the entire length of the exhibition.


The New East Wing and West Wing, Nara National Museum


9:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.
*On Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and on November 3rd, hours are extended to 8:00 P.M
*Last entry is one hour before the museum closes.  


There are no same-day admission tickets; entrance to the exhibition is only available to those with advance tickets.
Tickets can be purchased from 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, September 26th and on.
* For further details, please visit the Japanese homepage or the exhibition website.
* The last day for purchasing advance tickets varies depending on your mode of purchase. Ticket sales end as soon as all advance tickets sell out.

Advance Tickets
General Admission ¥2,000
Student Admission (Middle School, High School, and College Students) ¥1,500

* Tickets are available through Lawson Ticket[L-code: 57700] (to be purchased at Lawson and MINISTOP stores or through the homepage) and Ticket PIA[P-code: 763-373](to be purchased by telephone[TEL:0570-02-9999], through the homepage, or at Seven-Eleven stores) . Tickets CANNOT be purchased at the museum.
* There may be various fees for the reservation and issuance of tickets.
* Aside from general admission tickets, any discount tickets, tickets for campus members, free-admission tickets (for example, those offered to guests with a disability certificate) ALSO require a reservation and their advanced issuance.
* The number of tickets on sale for each day of the exhibition is limited. From the opening of the museum each morning and then for each one-hour interval thereafter, admission is capped at 260 guests.
* The situation regarding Covid-19 may impact plans for the exhibition. The above information is subject to change.

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Works on display

Total number of works: 59
*Four objects are on display for the first time ever.


Nara National Museum

Supporting Sponsors

Iwatani Corporation, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone West Corporation, Kansai Electrical Safety Inspection Association, Kintetsu Railway Co., Ltd., Central Japan Railway Company, West Japan Railway Company, Shionogi Healthcare Co., Ltd., Daikin Industries Ltd., Daiwa House Industry Co., Ltd., Nakanishi Metal Works Co., Ltd., Maruichi Steel Tube Ltd., and Yamato Noen Co., Ltd.

Special Cooperation

The Yomiuri Shimbun


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