Nara: sacred images from early Japan come to British Museum
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