An art exhibition on Japan's Shinto religion is attracting visitors in the United States.
"Shinto: Discovery of the Divine in Japanese Art" opened at the Cleveland Museum of Art in the state of Ohio on Tuesday. The show is being held in cooperation with the Nara National Museum and the Japan Foundation.
The exhibition features 125 works, including folding screens and sculptures, created during the Heian period, starting in the 8th century, through the Edo period, which ended in the 19th century.
The artworks were brought together from US and Japanese museums as well as from shrines across Japan.
A wooden sculpture of a seated deity from Yoki Tenman Jinja shrine in Nara Prefecture is among the exhibits. It is designated as a national important cultural property and is on loan outside Japan for the first time.
A miniature lacquer shrine from Sata Tenjingu in Osaka Prefecture is also on display. It is shown to the public just once every 25 years.
It is believed to be the first time in 40 years that an exhibition on Shintoism has been held in the US.
Curator Sinead Vilbar, who spent more than 10 years preparing the show, said she has great respect for works that exemplify deep thought.
Nara National Museum Director Nobuyuki Matsumoto said the exhibition offers an opportunity to get a look at treasures that are rarely exhibited, even in Japan.