03.29.2019

Katanas Are Forever

“Bizen Swords: The Flower of Japanese Swords” is the name of the new exhibition opening on 13th April at the Seikadō Bunko Art Museum and showcasing the lustrous beauty of Japanese steel

  • Katanas Are Forever
  • Katanas Are Forever
  • Katanas Are Forever
  • Katanas Are Forever
  • Katanas Are Forever

Japanese swords, also known as katana, maintain their beauty intact throughout the centuries, untouched by rust. The tradition of sword-making has been passed down from generation to generation and represents the very core of the Japanese art of smithing.
 
The Seikadō Bunko Art Museum is now set to hold an exhibition displaying a magnificent collection of katanas which was started by the founder of the museum, Yanosuke Iwasaki, after a decree abolishing the wearing of swords in publicwas passed in 1876, and it was later expanded by his son Koyata.
 
Some of the swords were collected in the former Bizen Provinceunder the influence of sword connoisseur Nagayoshi Imamura. Since about 40% of the 120 swords at the museum are Bizen swords, the Seikadō Bunko Art Museumis known as the treasure house of Bizen swords.
 
The April 2019 exhibition will showcase the splendid crafts of Bizen Province, the southeastern portion of present-day Okayama prefecture, a region blessed with all the vital materials required by the finest sword-smiths of Japan. Because of the large number of swords manufactured in Bizen, the province became known as “sword kingdom”.
The famous Bizen blade is a koshi-zori, in which the curve is closer to the tangthan the tipand the temper line (hamon) has a unique, undulating pattern called chōji-midare(“clove-shaped”).
 
The exhibition will also feature about 30 pieces, of which4 Important Cultural Properties and 11 Important Art Objects, and will allow visitors to discover the most significant stages in the history of Japanese sword-smithing, from the Kobizen styleof the Heian Period (794-1185), to the Kamakura (1185–1333) and the Muromachi (1336-1573) periods.
 
The exhibition will be on from 13th April to 2nd June at the Seikadō Bunko Art Museum.
 
 

Author : Slowear Journal

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