Monday, November 16, 2009

Japanese Arms & Armor at The Met - Samurai Arts Debut!

Art of the Samurai: Japanese Arms and Armor, 1156 - 1868
October 21, 2009 - January 10, 2010
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, NY, NY

This is the first comprehensive exhibition devoted to the arts of the samurai. Arms and armor is the principal focus, bringing together the finest examples of armor, swords and sword mountings, archery equipment and firearms, equestrian equipment, banners, surcoats, and related accessories of rank such as fans and batons. Drawn entirely from public and private collections in Japan, the majority of objects date from the rise of the samurai in the late Heian period, ca. 1156, through the early modern Edo period, ending in 1868, when samurai culture was abolished.

Read more on the exhibit in the KiptonART Online Magazine.
Kipton Cronkite approved!
Image courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Image: Do-Maru Gusoku Armor with Black Lacing and Three-Branched Deerhorn Helmet, Momoyama period, late 16th century, on view only till 11/29.

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