Know Your Asian Art Museum Japanese Samurai Exhibit: Bamboo Gunpowder Container

The Asian Art Museum sends a reminder about how the Lords of the Samurai exhibit is heading out on September 20th. Why not get on over to Civic Center and see what the fuss is all about. (And should we look forward to a King Tut parody website chiding us about how many people died building pyramids? We Can Only Hope).

In the meantime, look at this bad ass gunpowder container from the 16th century. It was the perfect accessory for your matchlock gun that couldn’t hit the broadside of a barn. But check it – metal, horn and bamboo:

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Eisei Bunko Museum, #7324. Click to expand.

And let’s hear from the AAA itself:

“Don’t wait until the last minute — beat the crowds and see Samurai now! Drawn from the collection of the Hosokawafamily in Japan – a clan with a 600-year-old lineage – Lords of the Samurai features superb armor, swords, paintings, tea wares, and more. Discover how some samurai strove to master artistic, cultural, and spiritual pursuits. The Asian Art Museum is the exclusive U.S. venue. Click here to see what the press has been saying.”

See you there!

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2 Responses to “Know Your Asian Art Museum Japanese Samurai Exhibit: Bamboo Gunpowder Container”

  1. Mark Teese says:

    Before you go, make sure to check out the hilarious and incisive spoof of the samurai show, called “Lord, It’s the Samurai” at a website called Asians Art Museum (note the extra “s” at the end of Asian). It’s created a bit of a stir on the web, and actually as they document on their blog, Japan History scholars agree with the issues raised by the guerrilla work, and even a Curator of Japanese Art from the LA County Museum echoes their concerns. http://www.asiansart.org/samurai1.html

  2. sfcitizen says:

    Well gee, didn’t I already link twice to your parody in the first graf?

    “Agree with the issues raised?”

    Could you do a similar parody of the King Tut show? Probably.

    When you walk by a building with Corinthian columns are you compelled to comment upon Greek warrior man-boy love?

    Possibly.