Samurai Bling

Fine Japanese Swords, Metalwork, and Fittings
February 22 to March 22, 2018

A samurai’s most prized possession was his sword, imbued with its own spirit from the gods. The warrior class of Japan evolved to become a highly refined culture and formed a unique style of adornment for their katana. Iron, gold, silver and shakudo were used to create a form of jewelry just for samurai. Tsuba (swordguard), fuchi kashira (pommel end), and menuki (sword handle ornaments) were some of the elements that allowed samurai to show their sophistication and their bling!

Join us for the exhibition and the many demonstrations, talks and workshops!