Posts Tagged ‘hosokawa’

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

Friday, September 4th, 2009

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!

Don’t Miss Your Chance to See Lords of the Samurai at the Asian Art Musuem

Friday, August 28th, 2009

All right, the summer crowds are starting to dissipate, so now’s your chance to see the fantastic Lords of the Samurai exhibit at the Asian Art Museum. And if you saw it already, well then come on back for the new stuff that just got put up why don’t you?

Read all about it via Kenneth Baker and SF Art Examiner Marisa Nakasone, and take a look at the pieces present at the opening of the exhibit here, here, and here at the Civic Center blog. And check out the Asian Art Museum Blog here.

Speaking of which, learn about the mystery behind a new collaborative parody website here. ( Boy, looking at that site, geez, somebody paid attention at college, huh?) If people did research into this scandal… the woman is the culprit.”

 Anyway,… God Bless the Armored Cav:

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Tosei gusoku-type armor.

Unlike a certain culprit, I missed the press preview to this show, which is too bad. But I’m going to try to make it back to the AAM before Lords of the Samurai goes dark on September 20th, 2009

See you there!

“The samurai culture and code of conduct, bushido, have long captivated the imaginations and aspirations of young and old in the Western world. More than just professional warriors, Japanese samurai of the highest rank were also visionaries who strove to master artistic, cultural, and spiritual pursuits.

Lords of the Samurai takes an intimate look at the daimyo, or provincial lords of the warrior class in feudal Japan. The Hosokawaclan, powerful military nobles with a 600-year-old lineage, embodied this duality of fierce warrior and refined gentleman.

The exhibition features more than 160 works from the Hosokawa family collection housed in the Eisei-Bunko Museum in Tokyo, and from Kumamoto Castle and the Kumamoto Municipal Museum in Kyushu. Objects on view include suits of armor, armaments (including swords and guns), formal attire, calligraphy, paintings, tea wares, lacquerware, masks, and musical instruments.

The Asian Art Museum is the only U.S. venue for this exhibition.”