Autumn 1996 Special Exhibition
GOLD and SILVER SWORDS
'the Official and Social Status of Asuka'
in Ancient Japan from the 6th to 7th centuries A.D.
October 8 to November 24, 1996
Welcome to the Autumn 1996 special exhibition
---"Gold and Silver Swords."
When the code of lows in the ancient state was formed, it was decided that the rank of officials would be designated by the cap or articles of clothing they wore. But before that, during the Kofun period, how could one tell the status of a person of rank?
Various swords that were decorated with either gold or silver, that were quite different from regular swords, were excavated from various tumuli around Japan. These swords were not only weapons,they were also ceremonial, and had belonged to people of social and political standing as symbols of their rank. These swords were instruments to denote rank and status.
These swords were decorated in various ways. In this exhibition, we will display those excavated from representative tumuli of the Kansai and Kanto regions of Japan, as well as clay figures that are still holding their clay swords.
What kind of society can we see from these decorated swords of the Japan of the 6th and 7th centuries?
Enjoy the exhibition and find out.
Photographs from Objects.