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[Tokyo National Museum] Press Release Report for Special Exhibition “Horyuji Kondo Mural and Baekje Kannon”

Tokyo National Museum Heiseikan will hold a special exhibition “Horyuji Kondo Mural and Baekje Kannon” from March 13th (Friday) to May 10th (Sunday), 2020.
The press conference for this exhibition was held, and this time we will deliver it.


National Treasure Horyuji Temple Hall and Five-storied Pagoda Photo Asukaen

World heritage, Horyuji Temple. The main hall of the Saiin temple and the world's oldest wooden building, Kondo, had a mural painted in the Asuka period about 1300 years ago. 2020 is the milestone of 70 years since the enactment of the Cultural Property Protection Law in 1950, triggered by the fire at Horyuji Kondo.
In this exhibition, we will exhibit excellent Buddhist statues of Horyuji Kondo , current murals that were reproduced after burnout, and various Buddhas related to Kondo, such as the national treasure, Baekje Kannon , one of the greatest masterpieces of ancient Japanese sculpture.

Highlights of the exhibition

★ The imminence of the old days approaching by copying

“Horyuji Kondo Mural” is a huge group of 12 paintings, 4 large walls depicting Buddha statues such as Shakyaku Jodo Map and Amida Jodo Map, and 8 small walls depicting Zhuge alone. Along with the Ajanta Caves in India, it is considered a world-class masterpiece, but it was burned down by a fire in 1949 during the repair of the dismantling of the temple.
In this exhibition, you will get a closer look at the day of the past by exhibiting particularly excellent reproductions from before the burnout and the reproduction of the current murals.

★ National treasure, Baekje Kannon, first appearance in 23 years

The national treasure “Kannon Tatsumi”, known as “Baekje Kannon”, has captivated many people with its unparalleled beauty created by its sleek body and gentle face. Since it was released at the Louvre Museum in 1997, it never went out of Horyu-ji Temple, but it will be released in Tokyo for the first time in 23 years.
In addition, the Bishamon Tenten statue, which is placed on the left and right of the main hall of the temple, and the national treasure Kichijo Tenten statue, are also on display. Introducing a selection of treasures related to Kindo.

Exhibition work introduction

Horyuji Kondo Mural (Maimoto) No. 6 Wall Amida Jodo Map Sakurai Kounmo

Around 1884 (Meiji 17) Tokyo National Museum Collection (4/14-5/10) Exhibition

The former majestic appearance revives.

The 6th wall of the Southwest Great Wall, depicting Amida Sanson and Zhuji, the so-called Western paradise Jodo. This copy is by the hand of Osaka painter Kaun Sakurai, and it contains records of Kasei and Kasei Doji, which can hardly be confirmed in later copy.

National Treasure Bishamon Tenten Statue

Heian period, 2nd year of calendar (1078)
Image courtesy of Nara National Museum (Photo: Junji Morimura)

Kazunobu Uesugi is also a god of battle.

A Buddha statue enshrined inside the Horyuji Temple Hall as the main lord of the Kondo Hall for the national security. With the left hand on the opposite hand and the handle of the eagle, the figure with a treasure tower on the right hand is well preserved.

National treasure

Heian period, 2nd year of calendar (1078) Horyu-ji Temple full-year image courtesy of Nara National Museum (Photo: Junji Morimura)

"Asuka beauty" rich with meat? !

A statue of Kichijoten, his wife, enshrined with Bishamonten. The gentle and rich meat-sculpting conveys the splendid beauty of the late Heian period, along with stunning colored patterns.


Exhibition name Special Exhibition “Horyuji Kondo Mural and Baekje Kannon”
Session March 13 (Friday)-May 10 (Sunday), 2020
9: 30-17: 00
(Last entry 30 minutes before closing, and open until 21:00 on Fridays and Saturdays)
closing day Monday
(However, open on March 30 (Monday) and May 4 (Monday, National Holiday))
Venue Tokyo National Museum Special 4 rooms and 5 rooms (Ueno Park)
Admission fee General 1,200 yen (1,100 yen), university student 600 yen (500 yen),
High school students 400 yen (300 yen), free for junior high school students and younger
Figures in parentheses are pre-sale and group charges for 20 people or more
The disabled and one caregiver are free. Please present a handicapped person's handbook when entering the building.
Official site https://www.tnm.jp/modules/r_free_page/index.php?id=1984