Boars Galore: Celebrating the Year of the Wild Boar

December 18, 2018 to January 27, 2019

This is the fourth annual exhibition highlighting the animals of the Chinese zodiac. What is known as in China and elsewhere as the “Year of the Pig” is celebrated in Japan as the Year of the Wild Boar. This is, in fact, the first time in the museum’s history that it features images of wild boars (inoshishi) in art. Soon after the museum’s inception, between 1901 and 1910, it held similar annual exhibitions highlighting each of the twelve zodiac animals; however, the Year of the Boar did not fall during that ten-year span. Come welcome in the New Year with outstanding artistic representations of this powerful yet charming creature.




Kyoto National Museum

Kyoto National Museum

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527 Chaya-cho,
Kyoto, 605-0931
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