A Kawarikabuto helmet — a 17th- to 19th-century Samarai helmet — was designed in such a way as to identify a commander during battle; to allow a general to know who among his men performed particular feats of bravery; and to look impressive in ceremonies.
A Samurai helmet and face guard from the 16th century. The iron bowl (hachi) of this helmet is made from 16 plates, held together by standing iron rivets backed by iron washers. The rivets gradually decrease in size toward the crown, minimizing weight.
This lacquer food bowl from the early 17th century is adorned with the crests of two of Japan's greatest families — the Tokugawa and Mōri.
A gold inrō features six sections, with wooden netsuke depicting a monk and carnelian ojime from the 18th century. Inrō are small containers carried at the waist, typically used to hold seals or medicine.
A vanity box with articles and mirror from the 19th century.
An attush robe made from treebark fibers with indigo-died Japanese cloth.
A shōjō mask (wood with red finish) likely from 17th century. A shōjō is a water sprite from Chinese mythology with an apelike body and a human face.
A silk purse from the late 19th century (Meiji period).
A long sword (katana) blade and scabbard from the 18th to 19th century (top) and a short sword (wakizashi) blade and scabbard, also from the late 18th to early 19th century.
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“Samurai and the Culture of Japan’s Great Peace": A new exhibition at the Yale Peabody Museum

“Samurai and the Culture of Japan’s Great Peace,” a new, interactive exhibition opening at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, will bring to life the many-layered history of the samurai and those they ruled. The exhibition will be on view March 28-Jan. 3, 2016, at the museum located at 170 Whitney Ave.
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