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Special Exhibition
Animal Worship: Welcoming the Double-Ram Zun from the British Museum
January 10th, Saturday - February 22nd, Sunday, 2015
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Closed Mondays except January 12th
Hours 10 am to 5 pm
(entrance closed at 4:30 pm)
General admission Adult 1200 yen, Student 1000 yen
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Animal Worship: Welcoming the Double-Ram Zun from the British Museum is a special exhibition bringing together some 70 works with ram and other animal motifs, including paintings and other objects, for the Year of the Sheep.
The exhibition is organized around four themes. The first is ancient Chinese bronze vessels incorporating animal forms from the British Museum and the Sen-oku Hakuko Kan in Kyoto. The second, third, and fourth are Buddhist paintings of sacred animals as offerings, ink paintings and folding screens with powerful or auspicious animals as their subject, and, finally, charming animals decorating objects used in the tea ceremony and in daily life. Frightening, fascinating, familiar, funny: animals' gestures and diverse forms are here for you to enjoy.

Gallery Exhibits

Important Cultural Property
Double-Ram Zun
China probably Hunan province, 13th-11th centuries B.C.
Nezu Museum
This vessel form, with a ram on each side of a cylindrical wine vessel (zun) with a wide mouth, is a rarity among the ritual vessels used to making offerings to the gods or ancestors in ancient China. The two known examples of double-ram zun come together for the first time at the Nezu Museum. What might the slight differences between them mean?
Double-Ram Zun

China probably Hunan province, 13th-11th centuries B.C.
The British Museum, The United Kingdom
This vessel form, with a ram on each side of a cylindrical wine vessel (zun) with a wide mouth, is a rarity among the ritual vessels used to making offerings to the gods or ancestors in ancient China. The two known examples of double-ram zun come together for the first time at the Nezu Museum. What might the slight differences between them mean?
Important Art Object
Yu in the Shape of a Tiger Holding a Human Being
China Western Zhou period, 11th century B.C.
Sen-oku Hakuko Kan, Kyoto
This Yu, a vessel with a handle, takes the form of a tiger holding a human being. Explanations differ: Is this a divine tiger about to devour a demon or protecting a human being?
Important Cultural Property
Picture Scroll of the Twelve Origins of Suffering
Japan Kamakura period 13th century
Nezu Museum
This scroll describes the twelve types of suffering in Buddhist teaching through the tale of brave king Setta-ō exterminating twelve demons. The demons’ wretched faces and the animals’ humorous expressions are delightful.
Flowers and Birds Screens
By Geiai
Japan Muromachi period, 15th-16th centuries
Nezu Museum
An egret, pursued by a hawk (right-hand screen), while a sea eagle rests on a crag (left-hand screen). This set of two screens with their depictions of the birds’ behavior and the vividly colored leaves and flowers conveys an uncanny atmosphere.
Important Art Object
Incense Burner in the Shape of a Lion
Mino ware, kiseto type
Japan Momoyama period, 16th-17th centuries
Nezu Museum
This amusing incense burner has a lion-shaped body, its mouth wide open; the knob on its lid is a monkey with its hands together.

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