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Nara National Museum (Japan)

奈良国立博物館, Nara Kokuritsu Hakubutsukan

Last modified: 2018-02-24 by zachary harden
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[Nara National Museum flag]
image by Zachary Harden, 6 November 2017

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The Nara National Museum was founded in 1889 as "帝国奈良博物館" (English: Imperial Nara Museum) and that designation was used until 1947 (other sources mention 1952). It has been known by its present name since 1952. It is one of four national museums under the arm of the National Institutes for Cultural Heritage The main focus of the museum was to hold and preserve historical Buddhist art, sculptures and the famous "Hell Scroll" that shows seven of sixteen of the lesser levels of hell in the Buddhist religion. For additional information go to the Museum's official website
Sources: Japanese Wikipedia and English Wikipedia
Esteban Rivera and Zachary Harden, 6 November 2017

The Flag

In photos taken by member Nozomi Kariyasu, the logo of the museum is placed on a white background. After an exchange of messages between Nozomi and the museum, the color of the logo on the flag is a wine-red color with no specifications on RGB/Munsell/Pantone. Also according to Nozomi, the initials of the museum "NNM" is surrounded by a honeysuckle pattern originally from Persia; this pattern (called Karakusa in Japanese or Arabesque as known in the West) was found in artefacts that came from Persia and arrived in Nara by way of the Silk Road and/or China. The height of the emblem is most likely 3/5 of the length of the flag in order to match the size of the red sun on the national flag.
Zachary Harden, 6 November 2017