|Period||October 23, 2018 (Tue) - December 2, 2018 (Sun)|
|Place||Tokyo National Museum Honkan-Room T4|
|Hours||9:30-17:00; Fridays, Saturdays, October 31, and November 1: until 21:00 (Last entry 30 minutes before closing)|
|Admission||These works can be viewed by paying the admission fee for regular exhibits.|
|Organizers||Tokyo National Museum, National Center for the Promotion of Cultural Properties|
This exhibition of high-resolution Facsimiles allows visitors to fully appreciate the folding screens Battles of Ichi-no-tani and Yashima, from the Tale of the Heike. The originals of these reproductions are in the collection of the British Museum, and dramatically depict scenes of the war between the Taira and Minamoto clans.
Although folding screens were used for centuries to decorate and partition interior spaces, they are no longer a part of everyday life in Japan. In this exhibition, visitors can closely examine reproduced screens on tatami mats, with no exhibition cases to interfere with the experience. Furthermore, the lighting is adjusted to reproduce even the atmosphere of the time in which tones and renderings unique to gold-leafed folding screens can be appreciated.
Highlights of the Exhibition
"Battles of Ichi-no-tani and Yashima, from the Tale of the Heike"
Originals; Edo period, 17th century / Color and gold leaf on paper 155.4×373.8 cm / Owned by the British Museum
High-Resolution Facsimiles; 2018 / Printed on Japanese paper; with gold leaf 155.4×373.8 cm / Owned by the Nathional Center for the Promotion of Cltural Properties
These high-resolution Facsimiles, which have been donated to the National Institutes for Cultural Heritage, were created as part of the “Tsuzuri Cultural Heritage Inheritance Project,” conducted by Canon Inc. and the Kyoto Culture Association, a non-profit organization. This project was launched with the aim of making precious cultural assets from ancient Japan accessible to a wider audience while protecting the originals from deterioration. The exhibition is intended to present the outcomes of projects initiated by the National Center for the Promotion of Cultural Properties, which aims to promote effective utilization of cultural assets.