Exhibitions from the Permanent Collection

The tradition of Buddhist art has continued in Japan since the Asuka period. Buddhist art contains diverse artworks, including sculptures and paintings worshiped in temples, sutras and other religious texts that convey the teachings of Buddhism, handscroll paintings of religious tales and legends, reliquaries for Buddhist relics or sutras, decorative arts used to ornament the interior of temples for various ceremonies, and archeological artifacts excavated from temples or other Buddhist sites.

Exhibitions from the Permanent Collection

Special Unveiling The Guardians of the Kinpusenji Temple Gate

February 23, 2021(Tues)–

Nara Buddhist Sculpture Hall

Important Cultural Property
The Guardians of the Kinpusenji Temple Gate
(Kinpusenji Temple, Nara)

Exhibitions from the Permanent Collection

Masterpieces of Buddhist Sculpture

December 21, 2021(Tues)–

The Nara Buddhist Sculpture Hall

One can experience Japanese Buddhist sculpture dating from the Asuka period (592–710) to the Kamakura period (1185–1333) at the Nara Buddhist Sculpture Hall, in addition to Buddhist images from China, the Korean peninsula, and other regions where Buddhism has flourished.

Important Cultural Property Standing Tamonten
(Nara National Museum)

Exhibitions from the Permanent Collection

Chinese Ancient Ritual Bronzes

February 23, 2021(Tues)–

Ritual Bronzes Gallery

Chinese ritual bronzes from thousands of years ago are on display in this gallery in the museum’s original building. The bronzes range in date from the Shang dynasty (Yin dynasty; 17th c.–11th c. BCE) to the Han dynasty (Western Han, Xin, and Eastern Han; 206 BCE–220 CE), and they are arranged to offer a sense of their developments and evolution.

Wine Vase, You,
with Phoenix Design
(Nara National Museum)
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