The Shōsō-in (正倉院) is a Japanese treasure house in the Tōdai-ji temple complex at Nara It is near of 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).
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Dedicatory records of Tōdai-ji temple, 756
Azekura style of architecture on another store house at the Tōdai-ji