Drawing from the rich and varied Japanese collection of the Stibbert Museum in Florence Italy, this evocative exhibition features over 80 exquisite objects related to the legendary samurai warriors - full suits of armor, helmets, swords, sword-hilts, and saddles, as well as objects intended for more personal use that all characterize the period in which Japan was ruled by the samurai military class.
Free docent-led of tours of Samurai: The Way of the Warrior will be available Tuesday through Sunday at 1:00 & 2:00 PM. Interested visitors should meet at the exhibition entrance in the Museum of Art, Searing Wing (North side). A family-focused tour will be offered every Sunday at 2:00 PM.
This exhibition is organized by Contemporanea Progetti, Florence, Italy in collaboration with the Museo Stibbert.
Support for this exhibition was provided in part by Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax revenues; the Amicus Foundation Endowment; the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Foundation Endowment; The Japan Foundation, New York; and The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Foundation.
Image: Suit of armor / Watashiro kebiki odoshi tachi-dō tosei gusoku
Haruta School (helmet); Unkai School (hanbō)
Steel, brass, gilded copper, horn, wood, leather, laquer, silk, silk brocade
First half of the 18th century
78 3/4 × 55 1/8 × 39 3/8 in. (200 × 140 × 100 cm)
Museo Stibbert, Florence, Inv. no. 8093