Curator's Tour: Return of the Samurai

South Vancouver Island

Wed. August 11th, 2010 1:00pm

Since its last exhibition on samurai in 2003, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria has received by donation four significant samurai suits of armour, helmets and a number of other samurai related paraphernalia. This exhibition will showcase these newly acquired works of art.

The samurai of old Japan were amongst the world's greatest and most courageous warriors as well as being amongst the most cultured. The samurai followed a strict cope of behaviour, which came to be known as Bushido or the way of the warrior. The samurai's life was directed by righteousness. He must not disgrace his status and must live up to the honour and specific obligations, which were expected of him. The samurai had a tremendous sense of moral obligation or duty and loyalty to his lord, to his family and to society. Martial bravery was very important to the samurai. He glorified in his military skills and his honour as being a warrior and a descendant of warriors.

The exhibition will include about numerous new prints illustrating the life and times of samurai including prints of the famous story of the 47 Ronin (one of Japan's greatest samurai tragedies). Other items include scroll paintings of samurai and paintings made by samurai and boy's day festival samurai items. The highlight of the exhibition will be the newly acquired samurai suits of amour, a major new sword and a painting attributed to the greatest samurai general of all, Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1536-98).

Cost: $2.50-13.00 Category: Art
Location: Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 1040 Moss St., Victoria BC, V8V 4P1 More Info: Visitor Services

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