Feature Exhibition : Compilation of Fukuoka’s Excavation Research #8

-Jomon Earthenware, Bronze wares, Haniwa figurine… you name it, we have it!-

Boasting of 30000 years of history, Fukuoka city envelops more than 1000 archaeological sites. 2500 cases of excavation researches have been conducted until now at the cost of delay in urban development. There were various findings including some history- changing discoveries while the true value of some findings was recognized only as a result of long persistent research work.

In this exhibition entitled Compilation of Fukuoka’s Excavation Research, we will be showing recent research results and some lucky findings from each era.

Most notably, we will be exhibiting Naiko Kamon Kyou, a mirror made from copper with a flower petal design from China - the latter Han Dynasty to be precise.

What makes the mirror special is its flawless condition. Unlike other mirrors from the first half of the second century, this mirror has no cracks or rust. On its surface, the characters 長宜子孫, meaning “The prosperity of descendants”, is clearly readable and its specular surface still provides a faint reflection reminiscent of ancient times. 

A Chinese history book mentions that Japan was engaged in a slave trade with China in 107 AD. This mirror might have some connection to this historical fact considering that it is from the same timeline.

This exhibition is the first showcase of this mirror, the latest big finding! Please don’t miss this opportunity to catch up with Fukuoka’s up to date excavation research result!

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【Recommended】Try Out Arcimboldo Maker for an Instant Transformation to the “Veggie-person”!

Have you ever seen this striking image in our exhibition entitled, “The Empire of Imagination and Science of Rudolf Ⅱ"?

Am I beautiful or strange…? That is the question.
The drawing used in this image is a work of Arcimboldo. It will give you a long lasting impression when you see it up close!
When I was standing in front of this masterpiece, it suddenly hit me. “How would I look like if Arcimboldo, the painter, drew a picture of me?”

I know I’m being ridiculous. Only a limited few deserve to have their face portrayed by Arcimboldo! You know, you had to be the Emperor of the Roman Empire to deserve that reward!
Unfortunately, my imagination didn’t stop there. “What fruits or vegetables will be used for my cheeks? Apples?” “How about my nose?” “How will the glasses be depicted?” I keep mulling over the things that can't be realized.

However, something unbelievable happened!  At the end of the exhibition all my imagination came true! Thanks to the help of the “Arcimboldo maker!”

Say hi to Veggie-me!
The Arcimboldo robot will find vegetables that would most suit each of your facial parts in a flash moment to structure your veggie-face! It looks like green peppers were used for my cheeks. Gee, do I look that pale?

My boss, Mr. Iwasa got fascinated with this machine and tried to play with it several times already! Arcimboldo robot is so talented that it gave him different results each time he tried.

Imagine, if we had the actual artist Arcimboldo, to get this too many drawings done, the fees he would be charging my boss would have skyrocketed!

This is how the Arcimboldo robot works on his art. It looks cool, doesn’t it?

At the time that it was displayed in Tokyo, there was a long queue in front of the machine! Luckily, you don’t have to wait that long to use it in Fukuoka. How about creating various veggie-faces for you with this opportunity? The exhibition is slightly busier on the weekends. Weekdays visit is recommended!

The Arcimboldo maker is located at the end of the exhibition. Conclude your exploration of the beautifully-weird world of Rudolf the 2nd with this Arcimboldo Maker! I assure you, you will be delighted!

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ルドルフ2世が敬愛した画家にピーテル・ブリューゲル(父)(1525/30-69)がいます。16世紀フランドル絵画の巨匠で、「バベルの塔」などの聖書の物語を主題とした絵や、人々の暮らしを描いた風俗画で知られています。彼の一族からは数多くの画家が輩出されていますが、本展ではピーテルの次男で、花の静物画で名高いヤン・ブリューゲル(父)(1568-1625)の作品《陶製の花瓶に生けられた小さな花束》(1607 年頃、油彩・板、ウィーン美術史美術館 ©KHM-Museumsverband)を展示しています。



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黒田家の甲冑と刀剣 1,496円
A4判 80ページ福岡市博物館が所蔵する黒田資料(福岡藩主黒田家伝来の什宝類)の中から、黒田如水・長政親子や歴代藩主の甲冑と刀剣類を収録。





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Feature Exhibition: Guns and Kuroda Family

-History of Guns so Valuable That They Were Given Names-

The Kuroda Family of Chikuzen Fukuoka Clan joined numerous battles in an attempt to unify the whole country. For the family, which gained reputation through winning in battles, matchlock guns and new weapons were really valuable. The matchlock guns can particularly be used for hunting and the acquisition of a firing technique was essential for the samurai warriors during the Edo Period.

Even in the succeeding period, when Japan was under the national isolation policy and unification, fire weapons, including guns, were really important for the aforementioned Fukuoka Clan, who is in charge of guarding the international port of Nagasaki, which was the only port opened to overseas at that time. From the latter half of the Edo period to the time of the Meiji restoration, the Fukuoka clan decided to install western style guns to protect Fukuoka against outer and domestic threats. The installation later posed significant impact on military and political decisions made by the clan.

This exhibition features guns owned by the Kuroda family including treasure guns named “Taro-bou” and “Jiro-bou”, which were in possession of Kuroda Nagamasa, the first lord of the clan. These two guns are borrowed from Fukuoka City Art Museum, which is currently closed for renovation. We will also be showing related artifacts such as the certificate of gunnery that was obtained by Kuroda Nagamasa.

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