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In Praise of Swords: Masterpieces of Kurokawa Institute of Ancient Cultures

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  • In Praise of Swords
    Masterpieces of Kurokawa Institute of Ancient Cultures

    1 June – 4 August 2017
    Sen-oku Hakukokan (Tokyo)

    An excellent collection of Japanese swords, long appreciated by swords collectors, but rarely exhibited in Tokyo, will be presented to the public this summer at the Sen-oku Hakukokan Museum.

    The Kurokawa Institute of Ancient Cultures (Nishinomiya City, Hyogo Prefecture in Western Japan) is a research institute known for its large collection of oriental records and archaeological relics, including an important collection of Japanese swords.

    ◆Some 30 blades owned by the Kurokawa Institute on display

    The exhibition features some thirty blades dating from the Heian to the Edo periods (from the end of the 8th through the 19th centuries), owned by the institute. Many of them are designated National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties, including a 14th century Kamakura short blade unsigned and crafted by Fushimi Sadamune, a National Treasure.

    「名刀礼賛」展 泉屋博古館別館 (amuzen article)
    National Treasure
    Tanto Unsigned : attributed to SADAMUNE (celebrated FUSHIMI SADAMUNE)
    Kamakura period, 14th century
    Kurokawa Institute of Ancient Cultures

    「名刀礼賛」展 泉屋博古館別館 (amuzen article)
    National Treasure
    Tanto Signed : RAI KUNITOSHI
    Kamakura period, 13-14th century
    Kurokawa Institute of Ancient Cultures

    「名刀礼賛」展 泉屋博古館別館 (amuzen article)
    Important Cultural Property
    Katana Unsigned : attributed to HASEBE KUNISHIGE
    Nanbokucho period, 14th century
    Kurokawa Institute of Ancient Cultures

    「名刀礼賛」展 泉屋博古館別館 (amuzen article)
    Important Cultural Property
    Tachi Signed : BIZEN NO KUNI OSAFUNE-JU KAGEMITSU
    Kamakura period, 14th century
    Kurokawa Institute of Ancient Cultures

    ◆Aesthetic sense of samurais

    The exhibition further explores the aesthetic sense nurtured by samurais through such exhibits as sword fittings and accessories, as well as paintings by samurais.

    「名刀礼賛」展 泉屋博古館別館 (amuzen article)
    OKAMOTO NAOSHIGE Menuki with a design featuring “Dondaro” (Kyōgen play)
    Edo period, 18th century
    Kurokawa Institute of Ancient Cultures

    「名刀礼賛」展 泉屋博古館別館 (amuzen article)
    GOTO ICHIJŌ Tsuba with design of auspicious cloud in open work
    Edo period, 1835
    Kurokawa Institute of Ancient Cultures

* The above is the information known at the time of publication and subject to change without prior notice.

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