Samurai Masterpieces Come to the Met

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

A day in the life of a Japanese samurai will go on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Wednesday.

Running through January, the exhibit, “Art of the Samurai: Japanese Arms and Armor, 1156–1868,” will bring together 214 masterpieces, including 34 national treasures, 64 important cultural properties, and six important art objects, according to the museum. Armor, swords, archery equipment, firearms and equestrian equipment are some of the objects that will be part of the exhibit.

The art dates from the rise of the samurai in the late Heian period in 1156 through the modern Edo period ending in 1868, when samurai culture was abolished. The martial skills and daily life of the samurai, their lords and the ruling shoguns will also be evoked through painted scrolls and screens, according to a museum press release. 

On November 8, the Met will also host a series of talks that explain how the exhibit was curated and installed.

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