- It is fitting that this major Buddhist art collection is situated in Nara, the ancient capital of Japan. The western gallery dates to 1895, while the eastern gallery opened in 1973. The focus of the holdings concentrates on Nara and Heian period sculpture, calligraphy, archaeological artifacts, and paintings, as well as decorative arts. Thematic special exhibits are held periodically, including a major one annually (usually in May). In the autumn items from Todai-ji's storehouse, the Shosoin, are shown.
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