Feature Exhibition Shinto Deities and Guardian Lions and Lion-Dogs

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Feature Exhibition Shinto Deities and Guardian Lions and Lion-Dogs
 January 2 – March 22, 2020
Tuesday – Thursday, Sunday, March 6, 7, 13, 14 :
9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (Entrance Until 4:30 p.m.)

Fridays and Saturdays (except March 6, 7, 13, 14):
9:30 a.m.–8:00 p.m. (Entrance until 7:30 p.m.)

Closed on Monday
*The museum will be opened on Mondays January 13, February 24, 2020 and closed on Tuesdays January 14, February 25, 2020.

Adult 520 yen (410 yen)
Univ. Student 260 yen (210 yen)
*Fees in parentheses are for groups of 20+
*Admission is free for high school students and other youths age 0–17, seniors over 70, visitors with disabilities and one caretaker, and for Campus Members (including faculty). Please show I.D.



Kyoto National Museum
Access: 527 Chaya-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, 605-0931, Japan 
Hours: 9:30 ~ 17:00/Tuesday ~ Thursday and Weekend
Fridays and Saturdays: 9:30- 21:00 (Entrance until 20:30)
Closed: Monday(Tuesday if the Monday is a national holiday)


How did the early Japanese represent the kami, their indigenous Shinto gods? When shown in human forms, these deities were often represented as refined aristocrats, but they are also shown as armor-wearing figures with fierce expressions or in other ways. Typically, the Shinto shrines dedicated to such kami are guarded by a pair of lion and lion-dog. The lion, on the right, has its mouth open, while the horned lion-dog on the left has its mouth closed. These guardian animals were depicted in various ways that changed over time. This exhibition features rare early statues of Shinto deities and protective beasts, giving visitors a unique opportunity to view sacred representations that differ from Buddhist images.

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