Collection

National Treasures, Important Cultural Properties

Shumoshukuairenzu Masanobu Kano : Art

National treasure Shumoshukuairenzu Masanobu Kano : Art

Classification: Picture, Date: Muromachi era .15 century Quality: Paper painted in monochrome India-ink, Size: 84.5*33.0cm

Painter, Masanobu Kano (1434 - 1530) representing the Muromachi era with Sesshu is the first generation of Kano group who controlled literally Japanese traditional painting world until the beginning of Meiji. He played an active part as a personal painter of government of Muromachi 8th General Yoshimasa Ashikaga. This work is the best masterpiece of an India-ink drawing representing Higashiyama Culture of the latter half in the 15th century, and an only National treasure by Masanobu. A ship and two people drifting among lotuses are drawn, a person of the left is lotus loving Confucianism master in Beisong, Shu Moshuku(1017 - 73). Intellectuals of the Muromachi era admiring Chinese culture deeply let produce a lot of pictures based on a historical fact of China and appreciated them.

The power and fortune story

National treasure The power and fortune story : Art

Classification: picture, Date: Kamakura era, 13th century Quality: Paper painted in monochrome India-ink, Size: large book 30.6*24.2cm, small book 16.3*14.9cm

It is appointed to an only National treasure as the oldest manuscript of "The power and fortune story". "The power and fortune story" is the first historical novel of this country written in kana about the Imperial Court for 15 generations, about 200 years from Emperor Uda in the early Heian to the Emperor Horikawa in the latter period. The part described luxurious life of the Prime Minister Michinaga Fujiwara is famous and also called "The prosperity story" or "The Imperial chronicle story".

Sword Meiraikunimitsu Kunimitsu : Technical art

National treasure Sword Meiraikunimitsu Kunimitsu : Technical art

Classification: Sword, Date: Kamakura era, 14th century Quality: Shinogi method, Size: 80.7cm

The sword was forged by swordsmith Raikunimitsu in Yamashiro country (Kyoto). It is a best work of master craftsperson, Kunimitsu who made two of National treasures, 22 of Important cultural properties. The straight blade is the expression that Kunimitsu was good at. The sword blade warps in center area and width is rather wide and is filled with dignified feelings. Early Edo lord, Matsudaira Shimousanokami Tadaakira who became an adopted child of Ieyasu Tokugawa obtained it and it was conveyed from generation to generation afterward by his family. In Meiji era, it became a belonging of Aritomo Yamagata, but it was dedicated to the Meiji Emperor during the royal visit in Yamagata in 1885.

Buddhist scriptures box with peacock design gold lacquer-work : Industrial arts

Important cultural properties Buddhist scriptures box with peacock design gold lacquer-work : Industrial arts

Classification:Lacquer-work, Date: 1315 Yuan, China Quality : Wooden lacquering method, Size: 23.3* 40.0* 25.7cm

It was produced in Zhejiang, Hangzhou, China in the Yuan dynasty (1315) to keep Buddhist scriptures. 3 similar products of the same period (Important cultural properties) came down to Seiganji temple in Fukuoka Technique of Chinese lacquer-work became popular and developed in the Muromachi era, and this article is a valuable industrial art object from the point of the interchange history between Japan, China in the Middle Ages.

A picture of Jodo mandala : Art

Important cultural properties A picture of Jodo mandala : Art

Classification: Picture, Date:Kamakura era 14th century Quality: Kenponchakushoku, Size:128.5*123.6cm

It is Western Paradise painted in Kamakura era. In center, Amitabha Tathagata and two Bodhisattvas, Kannon and Seishi were located, and various Bodhisattvas and people of accompanying surround it in the right and left. It expresses the lofty building with corridors in right and left in the background, the pond been full of lotus flowers in the front , and Amitabha Tathagata preaches about the Land of Happiness.

Hoteizu Kanokyokeisan : Art

Important cultural properties Hoteizu Kanokyokeisan : Art

Classification: picture, Date: 13th century, Nansong to Yuan in China Quality: paper painted in monochrome India ink method, Size: 96.5* 41.3cm

Since Muromachi era, it is a famous Chinese picture known as a work of monk painter Mokkei (13th century). "Hotei" was an actual person about 1000 years ago professed as an incarnation of Maitreya. Above of the round face with a pig nose Hotei having potbelly, there is a poem dedicated by Chinese monk, Kanokyokei (13th century) who wrote the anecdote of Hotei.

Landscape by Masanobu Kano : Art

Important cultural properties Landscape by Masanobu Kano : Art

Classification:picture, Date: Muromachi era 15th century Quality:paper painted in monochrome India ink pastel method, Size:69.0*38.8cm

Chinese artist Koshi who was an ideal person for highly-educated people in Muromachi era is painted by first generation of Kano group, Masanobu. It is a figure of refined handsome hills and rivers showing Sinicism that spread out in those days. The expression aimed at a style of court painter, Baen in Nansong, too.

Mutsukishozu by Ikeno Taiga : Art

Important cultural properties Mutsukishozu by Ikeno Taiga : Art

Classification:picture, Date:1749 (Kanen 2) Edo era Quality:paper painted in monochrome India ink pastel method, Size:31.7*677.7cm

Ikeno Taiga (1723-76) who was completed Japanese art style called “Nanga” described a picturesque scenery of Matsushima in Mutsu area. In description of clean scenery, the sensitivity of the painter who used to play in Matsushima ezpressed. After all it was drawn in 1749 (Kanen 2) while traveling Kanazawa, following year from the trip to Matsushima.

Kettle for the tea ceremony, Kaederyusuikeizu : Industrial arts

Important cultural properties Kettle for the tea ceremony, Kaederyusuikeizu : Industrial arts

Classification:metalworking, Date: 15 century, Muromachi era Quality:iron, Size:20.6 (height), the total trunk 48.5cm around

In early Muromachi era(14-15 centuries), this pot for the tea ceremony was produced by a caster who lived near the mouth of the Ongagawa river in Fukuoka. One side is decorated with a leaf of maple and two cocks and the other side is flowing water with a leaf of maple also sandy beach downward. There is a signature of "Tatsutagawa" and it is the greatest size out of corresponding products.

Toshizanpen : Art

Important cultural properties Toshizanpen : Art

Classification: book, Date: 8 century, Tang in China Quality:paper painted in India-ink method, Size:28.3*326.5cm

It is a part of a collection of Chinese poetry brought from Tang in Heian era 27 poems about monks and temples from early to middle Tang era, and Sokutenmoji character established by Sokutenbuko empress is used for these poems. A poetry sentence by Hakkyoi who won popularity in Japan at the time is copied on the back page with characteristic brush work. It is a precious memento showing the actual situation of Chinese poetry popularity in Japan.

The second and forth collection of ancient and modern times 31-syllable Japanese poetry (Kameyamagiri) : Art

Important cultural properties The second and forth collection of ancient and modern times 31-syllable Japanese poetry (Kameyamagiri) : Art

Classification book, Date:12th century in Heian era Quality: Designed paper written in India-ink, Size: 22.5*15.6cm

It was written by presumed Tsurayuki Kino. 39 poems in 17 papers from 2nd and 4th collection of ancient and modern times 31-syllable Japanese poetry. They were handed down to the the Matsudairas who was Kameyama feudal lord in Tanba (Kyoto). A writing paper has a design of cloud and is sprinkled mica, and all calligraphy is delicate and flowing. Style is simple and generosity, consecutiveness is skillfully and long.

Daitokokushibokuseki(Kogarashi bokuseki) : Art

Important cultural properties Daitokokushibokuseki(Kogarashi bokuseki) : Art

Classification:book, Date:14th century, Kamakura era Quality:paper painted in India-ink method, Size:30.6*87.1cm

It is a masterpiece writing of Shuhomyocho (1282-1337), who was the Emperor’s private monk. It is known as "Kogarashi handwriting". The contents are Buddhist sermons by a learned and virtuous priest of Nansong, Kidochigu (1185-1269). It shows that it is the most difficult to understand the Buddhism naturally.

Sohanengoshinyo : Art

Important cultural properties Sohanengoshinyo : Art

Classification:book, Date:13th century in Nansong, China Quality: printed paper in India-ink , Size:26.5*17.8cm each

Shibun, a pupil of famous Chinese monk Engokokugon known as an author of "Hekiganroku" edited his master’s words. It’s consisted of two volumes. In 1238 reprinted. There are guiding marks for rendering Chinese into Japanese from Kamakura era or a note of a Zen priest of the Muromachi era could be seen, and it was actually utilized. It is a precious book published in the Sung dynasty, and it had a great influence on Japanese version.

Sanzonbutsugan : Art

Important cultural properties Sanzonbutsugan : Art

Classification:sculpture, Date:8th century, Tang in China Quality:stone relief method, Size: 105.7cm (height)

Central image is sitting Buddha. It is one of stone Buddha statues decorated in the inner wall of the temple in Changan in China. It used to be decorated in the cloisonne flower table in the temple constructed by the order of Sokutenbuko empress in 703 or 704, Tang era. Sitting image of Tathagata and standing Bodhisattva images on both sides were carved in the cave and also written wishes underneath. It is one of the mementos representing a Buddhism sculpture of the Tang times.

Sanzonbutsugan : Art

Important cultural properties Sanzonbutsugan : Art

Classification:sculpture, Date:8th century, Tang in China Quality:stone relief method, Size: 104.5cm (height)

Central image is seated meditation. It is one of stone Buddha statues decorated in the inner wall of the temple in Changan in China. It used to be decorated in the cloisonne flower table in the temple constructed by the order of Sokutenbuko empress in 703 or 704, Tang era. Sitting image of Tathagata and standing Bodhisattva images on both sides were carved in the cave and also written wishes underneath. It is one of the mementos representing a Buddhism sculpture of the Tang times.

Mirokubutsuryuzo : Art

Important cultural properties Mirokubutsuryuzo : Art

Classification: sculpture, Date: 443, North Wei, China Quality: bronze , Size: 53.5cm (height)

It is a large-scale bronze Buddhist image made in 443, North Wei era in China. A smiling expression and the way a formal costume characterized that era, but curled hair and strong muscular body represent the influence from the west. It is the important memento to follow the change of a Chinese ancient Buddhism sculpture.

Amitabha Tathagata standing image : art

Important cultural properties Amitabha Tathagata standing image : art

Classification: sculpture, Date: 12th century, Heian era Quality: Wooden , Size: 96.7cm (height)

It is a masterpiece of an Amitabha image, size of 3 shaku (about 91cm). The Amitabha images, size of 3 shaku were actively made in the Kamakura era, but there are few examples back to the Heian era and are valuable. The facial features showing a mild expression and detailed costumes are thought to be the production of a master craftsman of Buddhist image who inherited a style of Teicho who produced Amitabha images in Byodoin temple in Kyoto. It used to belonged to Genmeiin temple in Kameoka city, Kyoto.

God of Mercy standing image : Art

Important cultural properties God of Mercy standing image : Art

Classification: sculpture, Date: 9th century, Heian era Quality: Wooden , Size: 153.5cm (height)

It was originally Kannon with eleven faces image carving from one lumber of Kaya. Rich expression and the superior sword technique such as stretched shoulders are typical Heian style sculpture. It was belonged to Seiwain temple in Kamigyoku, Kyoto. It gathered persons pray as one of the 7 places Kannon. This marvelous artwork shows a complete style in early Heian era.

God of Mercy standing image : Art

Important cultural properties God of Mercy standing image : Art

Classification: sculpture, Date: 10th century, Heian era Quality: Wooden , Size: 160.9cm (height), nimbus 194.9cm

It is life size Kannon image in Heian era (10th century) carving from one lumber of Kaya. There is a characteristic in the individual facial features and massive expression, and a board nimbus is similar with a thing of Nara style, and it is thought to show a standard style of area near Kyoto district. It is precious as a comparison document showing a tendency to Heian sculpture of area near Kyoto.

china bowl Yutekitenmoku : industrial art

Important cultural properties China bowl Yutekitenmoku : industrial art

Classification: ceramics. Date: 13th century, Nansong, China Production area: Kenyo, Size: 12.6*7.0cm

It is a china bowl called Tenmoku made in Kenyo (southern China) in 12th to 13th century, Nansong. Extremely rare chemical change occurred in a kiln of a high temperature, and look like grease spots created scattered designs on the surface of a container originated its name. A change of a color from the bottom to the edge is exquisite, and such a beautiful Yutekitenmoku is significantly valuable.

Iroefujidanamonoozara Nabeshima : industrial art

Important cultural properties Iroefujidanamonoozara Nabeshima : industrial art

Classification: ceramics, Date: 17th century, Edo era Quality: porcelain, Size: 7.8cm (height) 2.0cm (short foot) 14.9cm around

It is a colored platter of the Nabeshima style which is the best skill of early modern Kyushu ceramics. A bold design of the wisteria trellis from The Tale of Genji and a blue color inside gives this plate freshness and feeling of strain. Flower arabesque design was widely arranged and it is a work of the 17th century.

Ryokuyushisokuko : industrial art

Important cultural properties Ryokuyushisokuko : industrial art

Classification: ceramics, Date: 9th century, Heian era Quality: earthenware, Size: 18.8 (height), 8.8 (bore), 22.9 (around)

It is one of the green glost ceramics of the Heian era. It is a typical work of the 9th century to change to single colored earthenware from various glaze of the Nara era. Pots with 4 feet are not conventional earthen vessel or hardware form, but newly introduced Chinese celadon porcelain, and above all, this container is a masterpiece which shows how Japanese architectural style advanced. It is precious art work thinking about Chinese influence and Japanese architectural style.

Tsushima Soke relevant materials : history

Important cultural properties Tsushima Soke relevant materials : history

14078 pieces Classification: historical materials, Date: 16th to 19th century, Muromachi to Edo era

It is the Daimyos documents handed down to feudal clan called Soke in Tsushima (Nagasaki). It is enormous document group including a general of the Edo and a letter of member of the Shogun's Council of Elders of about 14,000 items. There are the falsified Korean king marks so that Tsushima feudal clan restores diplomatic relations with Korea country in the early modern times, and it is the first grade document to understand relations between Japan and Korea in early modern times.

Tahosenbutsusekito : art

Important cultural properties Tahosenbutsusekito : art

Classification: sculpture, Date: 1084 Liao China Quality: limestone, Size: 550.0cm

Images such as Tathagata, Bodhisattva, Buddhist priest, celestial person and birds, also Buddha's preach words and phrases were engraved into the entire surface, and it was built in 1,084 in Liao, China. Liao is the nation where a Mongolian nomad called Kittan family built it.
The gross weight is 3.5t and the height is 5.5 meters. It was moved over from Kyoto National Museum for the opening of this museum.