The samurai is a global archetype today: the perfect warrior-gentleman, calmly indifferent in the face of death but deeply moved by the beauty of art and nature. This is precisely how many samurai liked to see themselves. A few perhaps even lived up to this ideal.
Featuring more than 150 spectacular artifacts the exhibition will also introduce you to hungry emperors; drowned warriors reborn as small crabs; commoners alternately fearful of samurai violence but swept up in its romance; artists and writers conjuring scenes of adventure and wit; families reaching out to departed kin across the chasm of death; parents deciding whether to raise or reject a newborn baby; underground Christians hiding their faith behind a Buddhist icon; and Japanese artifacts that take on new meanings in Ainu villages and the parlors of New England collectors.
A vanished world awaits you. Be sure to see this very special exhibition.