Lords of the Samurai

Samurai means "one who serves," and these fierce warriors acted in the service of powerful feudal lords known as daimyo. Among the most important daimyo families were members of the Hosokawa clan, whose lineage dates back more than 600 years.

The exhibition Lords of the Samurai illuminated the private and public lives of the daimyo by focusing on approximately 160 works from the Hosokawa family collection housed in the Eisei-Bunko Museum in Tokyo, the Kumamoto Castle and the Kumamoto Municipal Museum in Kyushu. Objects discussed include suits of armor, weaponry, formal attire, calligraphy, paintings, tea ware, lacquer ware, masks and musical instruments.

Lords of the Samurai was on view at the Asian Art Museum from June 12 through Sept. 20, 2009.

Additional information:

  • Authors: Melissa Rinne, Yoko Woodson
  • Size: 9'' x 12''
  • Pages: 240
  • Hardcover
  • Publication: 2009

Published by the Asian Art Museum