Fujinoki Tumulus

Open !! The Exhibition of the Excavated Articles from Fujinoki Tumulus !


In the gHistorical Displays Roomh of Ikaruga Hall, there is a permanent exhibition of the replicas of the excavated articles from Fujinoki Tumulus. The contents of the display are as follows.


List of the Replicas of the Excavated Articles from Fujinoki Tumulus

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Gilt bronze shoe(A):1pc.Working out imitationBefore treatment
Gilt bronze crown:1pc.Working out imitationBefore treatment
Gilt bronze open-woeked saddle fitting(cantle):1pc.ReplicaAfter treatment
Prickle leaf-shaped harness pendants:2pcs.ReplicaBefore and after treatment : each 1 pc.

Gem with three round bulges, Gilt bronze pendant : each 2 pcs.

Replica Before treatment

Fish-shaped ornament at a west sash : 1 pc.

Replica Before treatment

Buckle of a belt : 1 pc.

Replica Before preservation processing

Horse bit with decorative metal plates : 2 pcs.

Replica Before treatment

Dragon designed ornament : 2 pcs.

Replica Before and after treatment : each 1 pc.

Bronze mirror with a wide rim decorated with small motifs of animals, deities and abstract designs : 1 pc.

Replica Before and after treatment : each 1 pc.

Dipper-shaped stirrup with hollow toe receptacle : 1pc.

Replica Before treatment

Decorative metal fitting used at the joint of crupper : 2 pcs.

Replica Before treatment

Gilt bronze strap unions with metal pendants : 1pc.

Replica Before treatment

Bell-shaped harness pendant : 3 pcs.

Replica Before treatment

Stirrup : 1 pc.

Replica Before treatment

Heart-shaped ornament : 1 pc.

Replica Before treatment

Round-shaped ornament : 1 pc.

Replica Before treatment

‘Fujinoki Kofun, National Designated Historic Site

Fujinoki Kofun (tumulus) is a circular burial mound. It is about 48m in diameter and 9m in height. The investigation was carried out three times ; the initial one was in 1985 and the second and the third ones were in 1988. The time of the construction is estimated to be in the latter half of the 6th century. The tumulus has a stone burial chamber with a corridor, which opens to the southeast. The total length of the corridor and the chamber is 13.95m. The width of the chamber is 2.67m and the height is 4.41m. There was a coffin lying sideways near to the back wall of the chamber. It is the house-shaped coffin which is made by hollowing out tuff and is painted in vermilion. Inside the stone chamber remained a suit of armor, arrowheads and other war-related items together with a number of earthenware items such as Haji pottery and Sue wares. Above all, the horse trappings with rich decorations such as the open-worked motifs of palmetto, phoenix, elephant, and devilfs face are most unique and splendid artifacts. The stone coffin was not robbed and it remained as it was buried. The buried people were two in number. One was a male of 17 to 25 years old. The sex of the other is considered to be male but not certain and the age is unknown. The coffin also contained a great number of burial goods. They are ornaments such as various kinds of metal beads and more than ten thousand pieces of glass beads ; metal works such as a crown, shoes and a large belt ; four copper mirrors ; large swords including ceremonial ones with bead decoration. Moreover a lot of cloth fragments which are considered to have covered the buried person were excavated. Fujinoki Kofun not only provides invaluable materials for the study of the burial ceremony during the latter half of the 6th century but shows the international culture in those days.