October 17 2013 - 4:00 PM

On Sunday 13 October, eleven beautifully dressed Japanese priests inaugurated the temple guardians, two large wooden sculptures acquired by the Rijksmuseum in 2007.

With a goma (a purification ritual) the museum welcomed the fierce-looking 14th-century Japanese sculptures in their new home: the brand new Asian Pavilion. Chairs, tables, bowls with offerings and a huge drum created a veritable Japanese temple in the entrance-area of the museum.