Shadows of the Samurai:
October 14, 2010 - May 11, 2011
Japanese Warrior Traditions
Samurai culture and the code of conduct known as bushido, have exerted a powerful hold on the imaginations of
people in the East and the West. The samurai were the military elite of Japanese society from the eighth century
through the 1860s. The clever design and exquisite craftsmanship of their helmets and armor were inspired by a love
of nature, and were eagerly collected by Westerners for display in private homes and museums. More than professional
warriors, the samurai cultivated a variety of aesthetic pursuits, ranging from theater and art to poetry and the tea
ceremony. Ceremonial armor, swords, and other weapons - all part of the Fleming Museum collections - are shown along
with theater masks, woodblock prints, and other objects reflecting samurai traditions.
Curated by Margaret Tamulonis, Manager of Collections and Exhibitions, with Erik Esselstrom, Associate Professor of History, University of Vermont.