Special Exhibition

Special Exhibition

Sacred Treasures from Ancient Nara:
The Eleven-Headed Kannon of Shōrinji Temple

The National Treasure image of Jūichimen Kannon (Skt. Ekādaśamukha) from Shōrinji Temple is revered as one of the great masterworks of Tenpyō-era sculpture. This statue will be on display alongside others from the temple where it was once enshrined, Daigorinji, now part of Ōmiwa Jinja Shrine. Devotion to the natural world is central to Ōmiwa Jinja faith, and objects reflecting beliefs from this shrine excavated from the mountain that is its central deity, Mount Miwa, are to be showcased as well.

Sacred Treasures of Ancient Nara: The Eleven-Headed Kannon of Shōrinji Temple
National Treasure
The Eleven-Headed Kannon
(Shōrinji Temple, Nara)


February 5th, 2022 (Sat)–March 27th, 2022 (Sun)


The museum is closed on February 7th (Mon), 21st (Mon), 28th (Mon), and March 22nd (Tues).


9:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

*On Saturdays, hours are extended to 7:00 P.M.
*Last entry is 30 minutes before the museum closes.


The East Wing, Nara National Museum


AdmissionSame-day TicketsAdvance Tickets  
General Admission¥1,400¥1,200
University & High School Students¥1,000¥800
Elementary & Middle School Students¥500¥300
  • There is no timed-entry for this exhibition.
  • The number of guests admitted to the museum may be limited should the galleries become crowded.


Nara National Museum, The Yomiuri Shimbun, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan Arts Council.

Special Cooperation

Cannon, East Japan Railway Company (JR East), Japan Tobacco Inc., Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd., Mitsubishi Estate Co., Ltd., Meiji Holdings Co., Ltd.


SHIMIZU CORPORATION, Takashimaya, Co., Ltd., Takenaka Corporation, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Mitsubishi Corporation.

In Cooperation with

Nippon Kodo Co., Ltd., Bukkyō Bijutsu Kyōkai (Buddhist Art Foundation).

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