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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 6:20 pm    Post subject: Asuka pd Hôryûji gigaku masks discovered in German museum Reply with quote
A collection of ancient gigaku masks believed lost from Hôryû-ji in the Meiji period have re-surfaced in a museum in Germany.

Further details at: http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2012/11/centuries-old-japanese-temple-treasures.html
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2012 5:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
And, I've just received a clarification, that the museum knew all along what they had - it was only a "discovery" for the Japanese media. Seems to happen more often than you'd think - but, it's good to know that at least curators are more familiar with their collections than all of these "discovery" anecdotes would seem to imply.

A similar "discovery" took place roughly 10 years ago, when Japanese scholars "discovered" several paintings by Hokusai in the MFA Boston collection. I assume the MFA had a good idea of what they had - it's just that Japanese scholarship hadn't caught on.
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