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Melbourne samurai show on display
21 Jul 2014

Melbourne's National Gallery of Victoria has just opened a new samurai-themed exhibition, which has a lengthy run ahead at the attraction.

The show continues until November 4th this year and will be open each week between Wednesday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm daily.

Visitors have the chance to see more than 200 items at 'Bushido: Way of the Samurai', which opened its doors on July 4th and is free to explore. Among these are a range of little seen and rediscovered objects which the gallery bought during the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.

There's the chance to gaze at saddles, helmets, armour and more at the show, the centrepiece of which is a suit of armour acquired in 1889.

Also featured is a trio of golden screens of the sort used in the castles and villas where the samurai elite would have lived. Woodblock prints of samurai are included, too.

One of the screens on display shows the battle of Ichinotani, which took place during the 12th century.

Masks and costumes from Noh theatre, photos, items used in tea ceremonies and more are also among the objects that visitors will be able to experience first-hand.

“Samurai virtues of honesty, courage, benevolence, respect, self-sacrifice, self-control, duty, and loyalty combined with a cultivated lifestyle established social stability and a legacy of art and culture in Japanese society that continues to this day,” according to Wayne Crothers, the NGV's curator of Asian art.

At the moment, the NGV International is also home to an exhibition called Melbourne Winter Masterpieces, which closes August 31st.

This focuses on a range of historical art from Italy, with Titian and Raphael among the famed artists on display. More than 100 pieces are on display all of them borrowed from the Museo del Prado, Madrid.ADNFCR-408-ID-801736678-ADNFCR

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