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Samurai & The Culture Of Japan's Great Peace


  • YALE PEABODY MUSEUM 170 Whitney Ave New Haven, CT, 06511 United States (map)

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.

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