Past Exhibitions

Special Exhibition: Tang Dynasty Tomb Figures of Hu People – Portraying the Multicultural Vigor on the Silk Road –


This exhibition introduces the charm of the Hu ren yong or tomb figures of Hu people of the Tang dynasty by showing approximately 60 works from the collection of Qingcheng County Museum in Gansu Province, China.
Yong of Hu people were excavated from the Tang dynasty (618-907 AD) tomb of Mu Tai (730 AD), which was discovered in Qingcheng County, Gansu Province in 2001. This exhibition will be the first occasion to show these figures to the Japanese public. Hu ren yong are ceramic funerary figures of Hu ren (a term used in China referring to non-Han people, such as the Sogdians) who have “exotic” appearances, one of the symbols of the Silk Road culture of the Tang dynasty. The group of yong figures excavated from the Mu Tai tomb is one of the leading excellent works for their remarkably innovative beauty, particularly the vivid colors and extremely realistic modeling.
By viewing these superbly made Tang dynasty yong figures, we hope the visitors can feel the vibrancy of the Hu people striding along the Silk Road in those times.
This exhibition will be accompanied by a collaborative exhibition with The National Museum of Art, Osaka: “Modern Representations of Human Figures”, showing approximately 10 modern human sculptures from their collection, as well as the Featured Exhibition: “The Charm of Chinese Ceramic Yong Figures”.


TitleSpecial Exhibition:
Tang Dynasty Tomb Figures of Hu People – Portraying the Multicultural Vigor on the Silk Road –
DatesSaturday, December 16, 2017~Sunday, March 25, 2018
VenueThe Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka (Gallery I, J) Closed daysMondays (open on January 8, February 12), January 9, February 13
December 28, 2017 – January 4, 2018
Opening hours9:30 am – 5:00 pm/ Open until 7:00 pm on December 22 – 24/ Last admission: 30 minutes prior to closing time Organized byThe Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka/ Gansu Province Cultural Relics Bureau/ Japan Broadcasting Cooperation Osaka Station/ NHK PlaNet, Inc. Kinki Branch Office/ The Asahi Shimbun
Special SponsorThe Sumitomo Group Exhibition planning made with the cooperation ofYouxiang Art Exhibitions
With the cooperation ofCCS Inc.
AdmissionAdults 1,200 (1,000) yen, university and high school students 700 (600) yen
a.Prices in parenthesis are group discount rates for a party of 20 or more
b.The following visitors are free of charge:
①Holders of special IDs such as Shogaisha techo (Identification Booklet for the Physically Disabled), including one attendant
②Residents of Osaka City aged 65 or older (please show ID)
③Junior high school students and younger children

※Visitors are admitted to all exhibitions in the museum with a Special Exhibition admission ticket.
Number of items on displayapproximately 60 works
Also showingModern Representation of Human Figures From the Collection of The National Museum of Art, Osaka
Featured Exhibition: The Charm of Chinese Ceramic Yong Figures
Permanent Exhibition: Chinese and Korean Ceramics of the Ataka Collection, Korean Ceramics of the Rhee Byung-Chang Collection, Japanese Ceramics

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Examples of Objects on Display