12.10.2018 - 06.01.2019Attribution and annotation of exhibits: Małgorzata Martini Exhibition design: Masakazu Miyanaga
The Japanese are a nation that has for centuries attached tremendous importance to all forms of combat and warfare, and to related skills, and they have always placed high value on objects used in this field. The sword was traditionally the most important element of their armament, which was reflected in its high rank. Fashioned from steel with unique properties, it was the perfect weapon. Japanese swords were characterized by their elegant form, superb structure, and the hues of the blade metal. For more than twelve centuries this weapon has had a spiritual aspect and religious significance for the Japanese. It has long been a symbol of knightly virtues, honour, courage, and loyalty.
This exhibition is the Manggha Museum’s second take on the subject of the Japanese sword. The first one was our 2010 presentation of swords from several Polish private collections, entitled ‘Beauty Forged in Steel’. We have scheduled another for next year (2019): it will be our pleasure and honour to exhibit weapons loaned for our display by the Bizen Osafune Sword Museum in Japan.