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Gentleman Warrior: Art of the Samurai

Mar 16 – Dec 1 2019

Seattle Art Museum

Third Floor Galleries

In popular conception, samurai are often portrayed as those who have martial might, while their engagements in cultural activities are not as well represented.

Gentleman Warrior: Art of the Samurai offers a multifaceted view of the samurai culture. More than 20 works from the museum’s collection and two sets of samurai armor on loan will demonstrate the important roles samurai played in the tea ceremony, Noh theater, and Buddhist practices, as well as the art of armor and battles.

Image: Yoshitsune’s ship is attacked by ghosts of the Taira warriors at Daimotsu Bay, ca. 1851, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, color woodblock print: oban tate-e triptych, each sheet 14 1/4 x 9 1/2 in., Gift of the Asian Art Council, 2014.19.2, Courtesy of Sebastian Izzard Asian Art LLC.

Seattle Art Museum acknowledges that we are on the traditional homelands of the Duwamish and the customary territories of the Suquamish and Muckleshoot Peoples. As a cultural and educational institution, we honor our ongoing connection to these communities past, present, and future. We also acknowledge the urban Native peoples from many Nations who call Seattle their home.

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