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Nara National Museum: Museum Main(博物館)


Summary of Collection(s)

Collection size:

Total: 1,893 (as of March, 2018)
  • 13 National Treasures 
  • 113 Important Cultural Properties
Collections on Loan: 1,962
  • 53 National Treasures
  • 304 Important Cultural Properties

Buddhism Art, and Ancient Chinese Ritual Bronze

Notable Collection(s):

12th-century Hell Scroll 地獄草紙, the late 11th оr 12th-century mandala Jôdo mandara-zu, the 9th-century seated sculpture оf the Buddha Yakushi


Note: The Guide uses the ALA/LC standard romanization, however, it also reflects a different romanization system used by an individual institution or collection.

Digital Collection(s)

Events and Exhibits

New East Wing & New West Wing:
  • East Wing: Treasures from Imperial Storehouse, Shōsōin 正倉院, and special exhibits
  • West Wing: Paintings, written materials, decorative arts and archaeological artifacts
Nara Buddhist Sculpture Hall and Ritual Bronzes Gallery:
  • Buddhist Sculptures: The sculptures are from the Asuka period through the Kamakura period. The collection is considered the most complete collection of Buddhist sculptures among all of the national museums.
  • Sakamoto Collection: Ancient Chinese bronzes
Lower Passageway:
  • Photo Panel of 49 Descents of Amitabha: Important cultural property, painting of the 49 Descents of Amitabha, colors on silk (Shijūku Kebutsu Amida Raigō-zu), Kōmyō-ji temple, Kyoto.

  • Photo Panel of Dhrtarastra (J. Jikokuten): Important cultural property, a sculpture of Dhrtarastra (J. Jikokuten), wood, (handed down from Uchiyama Eikyu-ji), Tōdaiji Temple, Nara.

  • Photo Panel of Tweezer-Shaped Sword (J. Kenukigata Tachi): National treasure, a sculpture of tweezer-shaped sword from the collection of Wakamiya Goryō Koshinpō; Kasuga Taisha Shrine, Nara.

  • Photo Panel of Eleven-Headed Avalokitesvara (X-rayed and infrared ): the national treasure Eleven-Headed Avalokitesvara (J. Jūichimen Kannon-zō), collection of the Nara National Museum.

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