Nihontō: The Samurai Sword

This exhibition will explore the history, physical attributes, symbolism, aesthetic qualities and utility of the Japanese samurai sword from the vantage point of beauty and function. The scope of the exhibition will be expanded to include sword fittings, other weapons and suits of armor that further demonstrate the exacting importance placed on both beauty of form and practicality of performance and use. Through permanent collection objects and over 80 loans from private collections, visitors will be introduced to historical development, various schools and styles of swordsmiths, function and connoisseurship of the art of sword making and the related crafts and accessories that amplified the beauty of these objects whose ultimate purpose lay in warfare, injury, and death, but that also came to symbolize honor, courage, self-discipline, self-sacrifice and benevolence as hallmarks of a samurai.

Organized by Jidai Arts.

  September 26, 2019–November 17, 2019
  Every Sunday, Tuesday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.
  Museum admission


As the Indianapolis Museum of Art has grown to become an internationally renowned museum, attention has turned toward increasing the emphasis on combining art with nature. The galleries are surrounded by gardens, water features, over a hundred acres of woodland filled with surprise and beauty. The campus itself is ideal for performances, afternoon walks, kite-flying, cloud-gazing, memory-making, new-idea-having. There’s a mansion to stage unforgettable events, restaurants for relaxing, bars for microbrews and friendships. Newfields is a setting where it’s easy to make connections of all sorts. Like no place else in Indianapolis.

4000 North Michigan Road

(317) 923-1331

Tuesday & Wednesday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday, noon - 5 p.m.

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Tobias Theatre - Indianapolis Museum of Art 4000 Michigan Road (317) 923-1331
Newfields 4000 Michigan Road (317) 923-1331

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