Summer Special Exhibition II

July 27 - September 1

Shigaraki Palace and the Gods and Buddhas of the Kōka Region

In the mid-8th century, Emperor Shōmu had Shigaraki Palace built in Kōka, and vowed to erect a Great Buddha there as a monument of the Japanese nation under the ritsuryō legal code. However, shortly thereafter, the construction of the palace was halted and the capital returned to Nara, where the Great Buddha was made for the Tōdai-ji Temple, which continues to receive many visitors today.

Recent excavations of Shigaraki-no-miya Site Complex and analysis and research of wooden tablets from the site have greatly changed previously held historic views of the palace, the nearby Kōka-dera Temple, and the Ōmi region during the Nara period. These new findings in the history of the Kōka area during the Nara period not only clarify but deepen the mysteries of why Emperor Shōmu chose this area to build his palace and wished to erect a monumental Buddha statue here. Buildings of a coutier residence from Shigaraki-no-miya were also later dismantled and rebuilt during the construction of Ishiyama-dera Temple revealing that the palace continued to play a major role in thinking about the outstanding Buddhist culture that developed in Ōmi.

Images of gods and buddhas as well as sublime ornaments were made in succession at Kōka. Though Shigaraki Palace itself was short lived, its influence on the history of Kōka and Ōmi may have had a far greater reach than previously thought. This exhibition attempts to explore the mysteries of this history through the forms of gods and buddhas and the outstanding works made through belief in these deities from this region.

Information

Exhibition Term
July 27, 2019 - September 1, 2019
Open Hours
10:00 am to 5:00 pm (last entry: 4:00 pm)
Closed Days
Monday
Admission Fees
1,100 yen
Venue
North Wing
Organizers
Miho Museum
Kyoto Shimbun Inc.

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Exhibition Highlights

Standing Shakyamuni at Birth
Nara period, 8th century; Zensuiji, Konan-shi

Roof tile excavated at the Dairino area (Temple site)
Nara period, 8th century; City of Koka Board of Education

Angulimala Sutra, Vol. 3 (Empress Kōmyō Votive Sutra, Dated 1st day of 5th Month)
Nara period, Tenpyo 12 (740); Miho Museum

Fragment of inscribed earthenware lid excavated at the Foundry Site
Nara period, 8th century; Shiga Prefectural Board of Education

Portrait of Priest Rōben
Nanbokucho period, 14th century; Ishiyamadera, Otsu-shi

Standing Bishamonten
Heian period, 10th century; Konshoji, Ritto-shi

Seated Male Deity
Heian period, 10th-12th century; Yagawa Shrine, Koka-shi

Standing Kannon Bosatsu
Nara period, 8th century; Gokurakuji, Koka-shi

Exhibition Galleries

Entrance Information Emperor Shōmu’s Tour through Ōmi Discovery of an Ancient Palace Continuing Dreams of Buddhist Devotion Fusion of Indigenous Gods and Buddhist Deities in Kōka The Sekinotsu Site and the Supply of Timber MIHO COLLECTION ―The Culture of Cool for Japanese Summer―
South Wing
North Wing

Summer Special Exhibition II

Shigaraki Palace and the Gods and Buddhas of the Kōka Region

Exhibits

North Wing

Summer Special Exhibition II

Shigaraki Palace and the Gods and Buddhas of the Kōka Region

Emperor Shōmu’s Tour through Ōmi
Discovery of an Ancient Palace
Continuing Dreams of Buddhist Devotion
Fusion of Indigenous Gods and Buddhist Deities in Kōka
Fusion of Indigenous Gods and Buddhist Deities in Kōka
The Sekinotsu Site and the Supply of Timber
MIHO COLLECTION ―The Culture of Cool for Japanese Summer―