Title

Samurai Swagger and Their Sensational Suits

Presenting Author Name/s

Dominick Rosnato

Faculty Advisor

Agnieszka B. Whelan

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Disciplines

Asian Art and Architecture

Description/Abstract

The presentation explores the ceremonial samurai armor on display in the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, Virginia. Much has been written on the samurai period and its players; a mythology has been established. The samurai’s prominence in Japanese society began to dwindle during the Edo era 1618-1863. The country was relatively peaceful in its international isolation, but major political and societal changes took place then, shifting traditional Japanese principles and creating a sword into plowshare mindset. The presentation argues that these changes ultimately led to the making of the new type of ceremonial armor at the time when the opening of Japan set the stage for a massive cultural exchange and made Japanese historical practices accessible to the world.

Session Title

Art History 1 Presentations

Location

Learning Commons @ Perry Library, Room 1306

Start Date

3-2-2018 9:00 AM

End Date

3-2-2018 10:00 AM

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Samurai Swagger and Their Sensational Suits

Learning Commons @ Perry Library, Room 1306

The presentation explores the ceremonial samurai armor on display in the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, Virginia. Much has been written on the samurai period and its players; a mythology has been established. The samurai’s prominence in Japanese society began to dwindle during the Edo era 1618-1863. The country was relatively peaceful in its international isolation, but major political and societal changes took place then, shifting traditional Japanese principles and creating a sword into plowshare mindset. The presentation argues that these changes ultimately led to the making of the new type of ceremonial armor at the time when the opening of Japan set the stage for a massive cultural exchange and made Japanese historical practices accessible to the world.