The Gold Seal, gKan no Wa no Na no Kokuoh
The Gold Seal, gKan no Wa no Na no Kokuoh will be exhibited at the Fukuoka Art Museum while the Fukuoka City Museum is temporarily closed for maintenance.

Exhibition period:
November 8(Tues), 2011-April 1(Sun), 2012
The Gold Seal, gKan no Wa no Na no Kokuoh
The Message from the Fukuoka City Museum
The Gold Seal, among many Fukuoka Cultural Properties, is a representative rare work. It is usually exhibited at the Fukuoka City Museum and cherished by many viewers. This museum is now welcoming the 20 th anniversary of its inauguration; and, its air conditioning unit needs repairing now. Therefore, the Fukuoka City Museum will be closed from November 7, 2011 until April 2, 2012. But we still would like to offer the opportunity to view the Gold Seal during this period. The Gold Seal was discovered in the area of Fukuoka during the Edo period and it was handed down from generation to generation in the family of the Fukuoka Feudal Lord Kuroda. It is a cultural property which is profoundly associated with Fukuoka castle. In 1978, the Kuroda Family donated the Gold Seal to Fukuoka City , and the Fukuoka Art Museum was initially the place where it was exhibited. So, it was decided that the Fukuoka Art Museum will be the most appropriate place to exhibit the Gold Seal while the Fukuoka City Museum is temporarily closed. To the Fukuoka Art Museum , it is a twenty two years old home coming, so perhaps you may be able to view it from a new perspective. By all means, take this opportunity to view the Gold Seal again as a cultural asset that has been transmitted to Fukuoka, and we would be most happy if you could become familiar with it.
 
The Gold Seal, gKan no Wa no Na no Kokuoh
The Gold Seal: g Kan no Wa no Na no Kokuoh - a National Treasure
The Gold Seal, with the inscription of g Kan no Wa no Na no Kokuo h (king of the Na state of the Wa (vassal) of Han Dynasty), was accidentally unearthed while farming on Shikanoshima at the mouth of Hakata Bay (in today's Higashi-ku, Fukuoka City) in the Edo period (1784).
The Chinese chronicle says, gThe emperor Guanwu conferred a seal with a tassel to the king of the Na state of the Eastern tribe of Wa (Japan) in 57AD. Na state is located in the Fukuoka Plains. The Gold Seal signifies active exchanges between China and Fukuoka during this period. The seal system was representative of the diplomatic policy of the Han Dynasty of China (206BC-220AD). In this system the Dynasty took the kings of other nations into its ruling order with the emperor at the top through conferring them with official statuses and seals with tassels.

The handle of The Gold Seal is shaped like a coiled snake. The size is 2.347-centimeter-square which is equivalent to the measurement of approximately 2, 35 centimeters in Han Dynasty period. The content of gold is 95% and the weight is 108.7grams. Its relative density is great; it is heavier than it appears to be.

*You can check the Fukuoka City Museum web site for further details on the Gold Seal
http://museum.city.fukuoka.jp/english/eb/eb_fr2.html
 

Exhibition period: November 8(Tues), 2011-April 1(Sun), 2012
Venue: Pre-modern Art Gallery , 1F, Fukuoka Art Museum
Admission fee: Adult 200(150)yen, College & High School Students 150yen, Free of Charge for Middle & Primary School Students.

*You can view all the permanent galleries with the above price.
*Prices in the brackets are for groups of 20 people or more.

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