Nara: sa­cred images from early Ja­pan come to Bri­tish Mu­seum

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This Au­tumn the Bri­tish Mu­seum will

dis­play 15 ma­jor Bud­dhist and Shinto sa­cred images, on loan from Nara Pre­fec­ture in Ja­pan. The works date from the 600s CE through to the 1300s and the sa­cred sculp­tures and ritual ob­jects from Nara will be dis­played to­gether with re­lated im­por­tant Ja­panese and Chi­nese paint­ings from the Bri­tish Mu­seum col­lec­tion. Nara is the eastern ter­mi­nus of the silk roads that brought trade and con­ti­nen­tal Asian cul­ture, in­clud­ing Bud­dhism, to Ja­pan in the pe­riod from the 500s to the 700s CE, trans­form­ing indige­nous so­ci­ety.

Reli­quary, 1200s, pierced gilt bronze, Saidaiji tem­ple, Na­tional Treasure

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