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Nara: sacred images from early JapanFifteen major Buddhist and Shinto sacred images go on display at the British Museum this autumn in a free display titled Nara: sacred images from early Japan. The display features objects from Nara Prefecture that have never before been seen in the UK, shown alongside related Japanese and Chinese paintings from the British Museum's own collection. Visitors can see items from the AD 600s through to the 1300s including five Japanese national treasures and six important cultural properties. Highlights include Bodhisattva of Compassion and Libation dish with Birth of the Buddha, two gilt bronze sculptures dating from the early AD 700s and mid-AD 700s.

 

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Nara: sacred images from early Japan  Bugaku mask, late 1100s, lacquered wood, Kasuga Taisha shrine, Important Cultural Property Photo courtesy of Kasuga Taisha Shrine  

   
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Nara: sacred images from early JapanNara: sacred images from early JapanNara: sacred images from early JapanFifteen major Buddhist and Shinto sacred images go on display at the British Museum this autumn in a free display titled Nara: sacred images from early Japan. The display features objects from Nara Prefecture that have never before been seen in the UK, shown alongside related Japanese and Chinese paintings from the British Museum's own collection. 2019-11-18T00:00:00+00002019-11-24T00:00:00+0000 Where:
British Museum,   Great Russell Street      WC1B 3DG
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DATES  3rd October to 24th November 2019
VENUE  British Museum 
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British Museum,   Great Russell Street      WC1B 3DG
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British Museum,   Great Russell Street      WC1B 3DG
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PRICING  £14, mems/under 16s Free
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On Soon

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British Museum,   Great Russell Street      WC1B 3DG
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Free EventOn Soon
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British Museum,   Great Russell Street      WC1B 3DG
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On Soon
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British Museum,   Great Russell Street      WC1B 3DG
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