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The Shōsō-in (正倉院) is a Japanese treasure house in the Tōdai-ji temple complex at Nara It is close to the building which houses the Great Buddha (Diabutsuden).

It is the oldest museum structure in the world.


The earliest objects in the Shōsō-in were put there by Empress Kōmyō (701–760). The collection includes artifacts from the arts and crafts of the Tempyō era.

The building was built in the "log-cabin style" (校倉, azekura) with a raised floor raised floor (高床式, takayuka-shiki).

  • Imperial Household Agency (Kunaichō), Imperial Household Agency page for Shōsōin
  • University of California, Irvine, Shosoin Imperial Repository.

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