This section focuses on one part of historical cosmologies: human views of the universe down the millennia, looking at myths and religious art objects from east and west, plus priceless astronomy material.
Yamāntaka Mandala, Tibet
Panel, color on cotton
61 × 51.5 cm
68.6 cm (length), 1.5 cm (curvature)
Collection: Tokyo University of Agriculture Library
Photo: Kioku Keizo
From the Nanbokucho through Muromachi periods, we present the Mandala of the Two Realms, Star Mandala, and the Twelve Devas depicting the deities of the twelve directions, joined by a Tibetan Mandala and other displays in an exploration of cosmologies with an Asian worldview or Buddhist perspective.
View a sword made from an iron meteorite that fell on Toyama prefecture during the Meiji period, exploring the connection between outer space and our own planet via this precious ancient Japanese weapon.
Astronomical telescope made during the Edo period by gunsmith and self-taught telescope maker Kunitomo Tobei Shigeyoshi (Kunitomo Ikkansai) of Omi (present-day Shiga Prefecture), Japan.