Members Tour “Samurai: Caste and Culture”
Saturday, February 29, 2020:
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MFAH members are invited to explore samurai armor, newly acquired for the MFAH collections, on this tour that encourages guests to discuss the artwork together.
Samurai, in effect, ruled pre-modern Japan. This elite warrior caste developed a military code and culture that had a profound impact on Japanese art and society. Soldiers formalized as clans beginning in the 8th century, and the first shogunate was established in 1600. Samurai culture flourished for nearly 300 years, until restrictions on weapons were repealed, paving the way for the modern Japanese military and dissolving the samurai as a formal caste.
Samurai traditions, including armor and regalia, continue to symbolize the storied service of noble samurai clans. This tour also introduces aspects of Chinese warrior culture, with a look at the new installation in the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Arts of China Gallery: As Above, So Below: Han Dynasty Tomb Sculpture and Shrines, featuring loans from the Jane and Leopold Swergold Collection.
• Members Tours are free for MFAH members at all levels. Reservations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. As space is limited, participation is for MFAH members only. Recommended for ages 12+
• Spots fill up fast! Secure your reservation in advance at email@example.com or 713.353.1550. Please provide: your name or member number, your phone number or email address, the tour date you are interested in, and the number of members in your party.
• Once your request has been received, the membership department will contact you to confirm whether there is still space available, and the status of your reservation. Meet in the lobby of the Beck Building.
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