Important Cultural PropertyCinerary urn of Ihokibe no Tokotarihime 

Save Image

image 全画面表示


  • Excavated in Miya-no-Shita, Kokufu-town, Tottori-city, Tottori Prefecture
  • 1 piece
  • H17.1
  • Nara period/ Wadō 3 (710)
  • Tokyo National Museum
  • J-35626

This is a cinerary urn that was stored in a granite container and excavated from Mt. Ube behind Muryokoji Temple in Miyashita village in 1774. It is made of cast copper and has a lid, on the face of which is a 16-line inscription carved in a radial pattern. The inscription says that Tokotarihime was appointed to Jushichii-ge (an official rank) by Emperor Monmu on February 25, 707 and that she died on July 1, 708 and was cremated and buried in October 710. The Ihokibe family is a local clan of Hofumi-gun, Inaba-koku and produced two local administrators of Hofumi-gun and Oumi-gun. It is thought that Tokotarihime was a woman sent from Hofumi-gun to the court as a lady-in-waiting.