Local museum opens Samurai exhibit

March 5, 2017 by  

The Cincinnati Art Museum has opened its latest exhibit, which it calls ‘Dressed to Kill’.

The exhibit gives visitors a chance to take a look at Samurai culture, weapons, and armor up close. There is a strong connection to Cincinnati as well, since many of the objects on display were loaned to the museum by Gary Grose, a city resident who lived in Japan for some time. Grose has been collecting Japanese memorabilia for decades.

The exhibit comprises 130 objects related to the Samurai culture, from prayer mirrors and battle prints, to swords and full suits of armor. They date from the 16th, 17th, 18th, and 19th Centuries, and those that Grose did not loan to the museum were drawn from its own permanent collection.

According to Hou-mei Sung, who is the curator of Asian Arts, most of the objects arrived at the museum in the 1880s, but have never been displayed.

Japan’s Samurai culture has become familiar in the West, thanks to a number of films, and it is known that the Samurais were great warriors. However, the group was also known for its strict moral code, called ‘bushidō’. The code is based on loyalty, hierarchy, and honor, and continues to influence Japan to this day.

The materials will be on display through May 7. Organizations like this can benefit if management works with brochure printers, who can create booklets about the exhibits.