よみがえる正倉院宝物 - 再現模造にみる天平の技 -
よみがえる正倉院宝物 - 再現模造にみる天平の技 -

Special Exhibition

The Reproduction of Shosoin Treasures
Encountering Tenpyo Craftsmanship through the Recreation of 8th Century Works

Exhibition Period:
20 April 2021 (Tue) – 13 June 2021 (Sun)
Venue:
Special Exhibition Hall (3rd floor)
Opening Hours:
09:30–17:00 (Tuesdays–Sundays; last admission at 16:30)
Closed:
Mondays (open on the Monday of 3 May)
Admission Fees:
Adults—1,600 yen
University and High School Students—1,000 yen
Junior High School and Elementary School Students—600 yen

Group tickets are not available for this exhibition.
For discounted tickets, please book visiting times in advance at the link below, and present personal identification documents that reflect your birth date, such as your passport, health insurance card, or driver’s license at the exhibition hall entrance upon request.
Admission is free for the following persons (please book visiting times in advance at the link below, and present any necessary documents at the exhibition hall entrance upon request):

  • Preschool children
  • Persons with disabilities and up to one accompanying caretaker
  • Persons with complimentary tickets
  • Persons with relevant Kyushu National Museum memberships
  • ICOM members

Tickets:
We will be implementing entry limits on weekends and public holidays to prevent overcrowding in the exhibition hall. As such, visitors planning to visit on those days should purchase tickets and book an admission date and time slot online prior to their visit. Online tickets for weekends/holidays are available here, while online tickets for weekdays are available here (please click the globe icon at the top right corner for English interface). Visitors attending the exhibition on weekdays do not need to pre-book their admission slots, and can just present their online tickets for entry. We seek your understanding and cooperation. For queries, please see the FAQs.
Special Arrangements for COVID-19
  • We request that all visitors planning to visit on weekends and public holidays purchase tickets and book a visiting time slot online prior to their visit. Please see the section on tickets above for more details.
  • Due to logistical reasons, visitors to this Special Exhibition will be required to view the Special Exhibition (third floor) before the Cultural Exchange Exhibition (fourth floor permanent exhibition). Visitors will be presented an admission card to the Cultural Exchange Exhibition upon entry to the Special Exhibition. Admission cards to the Cultural Exchange Exhibition are valid throughout the Special Exhibition period (until 13 June 2021). Visitors coming on weekends and holidays who wish to also view the Cultural Exchange Exhibition on the same day should book earlier time slots on ARTNE so that they have ample time to view both exhibitions before closing time. Visitors coming on weekdays should also plan their visiting time accordingly.
List of Works:
主催:
宮内庁正倉院事務所、九州国立博物館・福岡県、朝日新聞社、西日本新聞社、NHK福岡放送局
共催:
(公財)九州国立博物館振興財団
学術協力:
奈良国立博物館
協賛:
ライブアートブックス、竹中工務店、高砂熱学工業、ゼンリン
特別協力:
太宰府天満宮
後援:
日本工芸会、日本工芸会西部支部、日本工芸会山口支部、福岡市、太宰府市、太宰府市商工会、太宰府観光協会

天平てんぴょう の美と技に魅せられた、名工たちの情熱の結晶。

正倉院宝物とは、奈良・東大寺の正倉に伝えられた約9000件におよぶ品々です。
聖武しょうむ天皇ゆかりの品をはじめ、その多くが奈良時代の作で、西域さいいき唐代 とうだいの中国からもたらされた国際色豊かな品々も含まれます。
正倉院宝物の本格的な模造製作は、明治時代に奈良で開催された博覧会を機に始まりました。
宝物の修理も手掛けた名工たちによる模造製作はその後、材料や技法、構造の忠実な再現を目指すことになります。
以来、宮内庁正倉院事務所のもとで、熟練の技と最新の調査・研究成果との融合ゆうごう により、高い芸術性と学術性を兼ね備えた再現模造が数多く生み出されてきました。
本展では、天平の美と技に挑戦した再現模造の逸品いっぴんを集めてご紹介します。
よみがえった正倉院宝物の姿を通じて、伝統技術を継承することの意義を感じていただけますと幸いです。

紅牙撥鏤碁子
(上)模造 紺牙撥鏤碁子こんげばちるのきし
(下)模造 紅牙撥鏤碁子こうげばちるのきし
奈良国立博物館蔵
主催:
宮内庁正倉院事務所、九州国立博物館・福岡県、朝日新聞社、西日本新聞社、NHK福岡放送局
共催:
(公財)九州国立博物館振興財団
学術協力:
奈良国立博物館
協賛:
ライブアートブックス、竹中工務店、高砂熱学工業、ゼンリン
特別協力:
太宰府天満宮
後援:
日本工芸会、日本工芸会西部支部、日本工芸会山口支部、福岡市、太宰府市、太宰府市商工会、太宰府観光協会

Exhibition Highlights

Instruments


模造 螺鈿紫檀五絃琵琶
Red Sandalwood Five-String Biwa Lutes with Mother-of-Pearl Decoration (reproduction)
Office of the Shosoin Treasure House, Imperial Household Agency

We are honored to be presenting two reproductions of one of the most iconic objects in the Shosoin repository, a red sandalwood five-string biwa lute. One was created in 1898, based on the original, while the other was produced in 2018 with reference to the reproduction. In addition to their ornate detailing, these lutes can actually be played.

模造 螺鈿槽箜篌
Kugo Harp with Mother-of-Pearl Sound Box (reproduction)
Office of the Shosoin Treasure House, Imperial Household Agency

A kugo (Ch. konghou) is a type of East Asian harp played on the harpist’s lap. This reproduction was created in the Meiji era when the original was being restored. It features flowers with cores of red amber, surrounded by gleaming inlaid vines and leaves.


Buddhist implements


模造 黒柿蘇芳染金銀山水絵箱
Sappanwood-Dyed Black Persimmon Box with Landscape Painting in Gold and Silver (reproduction)
Tokyo National Museum

The texture of this box has been made to resemble red sandalwood by applying sappanwood dye on black persimmon wood. Its cover also features a landscape rendered in gold and silver. The superb technique of Yoshida Hoshun, an author born to a lacquerware-making family in Nara, shines through in this work.

模造 黄銅合子
Yellow Bronze Incense Container with Pagoda-Style Lid (reproduction)
Office of the Shosoin Treasure House, Imperial Household Agency

This is a reproduction of an incense container placed on the altar in front of Buddhist statues in a temple. The handle portion, which is shaped like a pagoda, is in fact constructed using over fifty tiny washers (metal rings).

模造 紫檀木画箱
Red Sandalwood Box with Marquetry (reproduction)
Office of the Shosoin Treasure House, Imperial Household Agency

Boxes like this are used to hold offerings to the Buddha. It features inlaid decorations of a mix of materials, including, most significantly, tin. This is the first instance in which scholars have discovered the use of tin in Japanese inlaid works of that period.


Textiles


模造 七条織成樹皮色袈裟
Seven-Panel Mottled Priest’s Kesa in a Tapestry Variant (reproduction)
Office of the Shosoin Treasure House, Imperial Household Agency

This kesa (priest’s robe) is woven using yarn spun out of two to three different-colored threads, resulting in its mottled design. This reproduction also re-creates parts of the original robes that have been lost.


Mirrors, Daily Necessities, and Accessories


模造 黄金瑠璃鈿背十二稜鏡
Twelve-Pointed Mirror with Decoration in Gold Plating and Cloisonné (reproduction)
Office of the Shosoin Treasure House, Imperial Household Agency

Powdered glass of various colors are fused to the metal body through a firing process. The resulting enamel design makes up an elegant flower decorating the back of this mirror.

模造 螺鈿箱
Round Box with Mother-of-Pearl Decoration (reproduction)
Office of the Shosoin Treasure House, Imperial Household Agency

The original box came with a leather belt with lapis lazuli ornaments, the reproduction of which is also on display in this exhibition. It is a rare example of a lacquerware work decorated with mother-of-pearl inlay. The colorful brocaded fabric lining its interior has also been faithfully reproduced using the same weaving techniques.


Swords


模造 金銀鈿荘唐大刀
Decorative Karatachi-Style Sword with Gold, Silver, and Glass Decoration (reproduction)
Office of the Shosoin Treasure House, Imperial Household Agency

Gorgeous crystals and colored glass beads adorn the openwork metal fittings distributed along the sheath of this sword. The original may have been part of Emperor Shōmu’s ceremonial outfit.


Calligraphy


模造 正倉院古文書正集 第38巻
“Household Register for Kawaberi Village in Shima District of Chikuzen Province” in the Collection of Old Documents in the Shosoin, Scroll 38 (reproduction; partial)
Office of the Shosoin Treasure House, Imperial Household Agency

The collection of old documents in the Shosoin make it a literal treasure trove of knowledge about ancient Japan. This collotype faithfully reproduces the writings on both sides of the scroll, the way the papers were bound together, and even the subtlest shades of ink in the text.