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Exhibition from the Collection of the Shusui Museum of Art
Bizen Swords: A Pedigree of Function and Beauty

Fri., December.21.2018 ~ Sun., May.26

Long ago, Kibi Province once spanned the entirety of modern-day Okayama Prefecture, the eastern part of Hiroshima Prefecture, and the western part of Hyogo Prefecture, and since ancient times, the region was known for its iron. During the Nara period (8th c.), Kibi was divided into the four provinces of Bizen, Bitchu, Bingo, and Mimasaka, and Bizen in particular went on to flourish as a center of swordmaking.

From the mid to late Heian period (10th to 12th c.), Japanese swords developed the iconic form they would come to be known for, and Bizen Province produced such swordmakers as Tomonari and Masatsune. Starting around that era, numerous smiths took up residence in the Yoshii River basin in particular, and Bizen became medieval Japan’s largest producer of swords. The Bizen swords that still remain today tell us, through the inscriptions mentioning years on many of them, about the various ups and downs experienced by these smiths and their various schools of swordmaking over some 500 years, making them incredibly valuable as historical research materials.

This exhibition features Bizen swords belonging to the museum’s collection, organized by era and by school to show the changes over time by swordmakers and their work, all displayed so as to best show off their beauty and unique highlights. We hope that visitors will enjoy this opportunity to experience the characteristics of these swords, such as their beautiful jigane and their bright, clear hamon patterns.

Date/Venue
Fri., December.21.2018 ~ Sun., May.26 / 2F Exhibition Room
Open:
Time: 10:00 to 18:00 (last admission at 17:30)
Closed:
Closed: Mon. (open if Mon. is a holiday, then closed the following day), new year holidays (Dec. 28 to Jan. 4), and during exhibition change (Feb. 25 to 28)
Admission:
Admission: Adults ¥1,000*, ages 15–17 ¥500, ages 14 and under free.
*¥800 per person for groups of 20 or more.
First Half of Exhibition: Fri., Dec. 21, 2018 to Sun., Feb. 24, 2019
Second Half of Exhibition: Fri., Mar. 1 to Sun., May 26, 2019

Concurrent Exhibition in the 3F Exhibition Room:
New Year Exhibition from the Museum Collection — Fri., Dec. 21, 2018 to Sun., Feb. 24, 2019
Ryohei Koiso Exhibition — Fri., Mar. 1 to Sun., May 26, 2019
Gallery Talk: Introduction to Japanese Swords
Second Sun. of each month at 14:00 (requires admission ticket)

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