Three months after birth, babies learn to smile when seeing their parents’
face. And their parents smile back. Smiles are an innate facial expression
that connects us to those who and that which nurture us. About 2,600 years
ago, the smile put life into Greek sculpture, which until then had a rigid
countenance. This attractive expression is called the archaic smile.
If we look around, we find that such a kind of expression
is seen in many places in the ancient world. Perhaps it was a manifestation
of the bountiful love of the gods and buddhas of nature that gave us life
and the wish of human beings to receive these blessings.
In celebrating our tenth anniversary this summer, MIHO MUSEUM would like to
take you on a journey through the Mediterranean, the Near East, the Asian
continent, and to Japan, to visit smiles and to experience the gentle spirit