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Exhibition

Samurai: The Making of a Warrior

October 19, 2024–February 2, 2025
East Building, Level B, Joyce W. Pope Gallery

Samurai: The Making of a Warrior invites visitors to consider the original purpose of the material culture of war and see its connections to history, art, culture, and politics.

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The exhibition features samurai arms and armor from an exceptional private collection in Greensboro, NC, displayed alongside a selection of visually compelling objects of material culture. Samurai: The Making of a Warrior paints a more nuanced view of samurai culture and history by contrasting the material culture of war with other types of objects that played an integral role in samurai life.


Organized by the North Carolina Museum of Art.

This exhibition is made possible, in part, by the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources; the North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation, Inc.; and the William R. Kenan Jr. Endowment for Educational Exhibitions. Research for this exhibition was made possible by Ann and Jim Goodnight/The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fund for Curatorial and Conservation Research and Travel.

Matching Early-Edo Period Armor, Edo period, circa 1650, various materials, 59 13/16 × 20 1/2 in., On loan from a private collection

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