Chronicles of the Warriors: Japanese Swords x Ukiyo-e from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
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Into the World of the Chronicles of Warriors!

“Musha-e” depict the heroes that appear in Japanese legends and war epics such as The Heike monogatari. From Hishikawa Moronobu, considered the father of ukiyo-e, to Utagawa Kuniyoshi of the late Edo period and Tsukioka Yoshitoshi of the Meiji era, many ukiyo-e artists have illustrated warriors in their works. In addition to well-known warriors such as Minamoto no Yorimitsu, Minamoto no Yoshitsune, Uesugi Kenshin, and Takeda Shingen, legendary fighters like Susanoo no mikoto and women warriors such as Tomoe gozen are also portrayed.

Musha-e has remained widely popular in Japan as this traditional genre of art has been practiced and passed down through generations.

Through a carefully curated selection from the world-renowned, first-class Japanese art collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the finest swords, action-packed ukiyo-e prints, and tsuba sword mountings with related imagery will be featured in this dynamic exhibition of brave heroes and their feats!

Tsuba with design of Minamoto no Yorimitsu confronting the Earth Spider by Gochiku Sadakatsu, Edo period, 19th century
Charles Goddard Weld Collection

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The Earth Spider Slain by Minamoto no Yorimitsu's Retainers (Minamoto Yorimitsu no Shitennō tsuchigumo taiji no zu) by Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Edo period, about 1839-40 (Tenpō 10-11)
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Slaying the Earth Spider

STORY

One night, as Minamoto no Yorimitsu lies to rest, a monster appears—a giant spider casts a line towards him! Yorimitsu grabs his sword Hizamaru beside his pillow, and slashes at it!
When Yorimitsu’s retainers follow the bloody trail, they see…

Find out what happens next in the exhibition!
Famous swords from the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston return for a homecoming after being away for half a century! Famous swords from the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston return for a homecoming after being away for half a century! Famous swords from the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston return for a homecoming after being away for half a century!

Sword of the tachi type signed: Osafune Kanemitsu, Kamakura period, 14th century
Charles Goddard Weld Collection

Mounting for a sword of the itomaki no tachi type with desigh of family crests, Edo period, 17th century 
Charles Goddard Weld Collection

Photographs © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Sword of the katana type signed: Chōen (Usumidori),
Heian period, 12th Century, Private Collection *Only in Tokyo venue and Hyogo venue

This exhibition features one of the Genji’s most prized swords (renamed several times as Hizamaru, Kumokiri, and Usumidori) along with other well-known swords from various locations within Japan

April 23 (Sat) – June 19 (Sun), 2022 The Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum

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Organizers: The Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum / Museum of Fine Arts, Boston / THE NIIGATA NIPPO Co., Ltd. / Broadcasting System of Niigata Inc. (BSN) / THE HEROES Exhibition Niigata Committee / Nikkei Inc.

【Other Venues】
Shizuoka City Museum of Art
July 2 (Sat) – August 28 (Sun), 2022
Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art
September 10(Sat) – November 20 (Sun), 2022 (TBD)

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