Samuari -“The Way Of The Warrior”

The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is located in Nashville’s former main post office, that was built between 1933 and 1934, and is now a significant architectural structure.  Billing itself as a “magnet for Nashville’s rapidly expanding visual arts scene,” the Frist Center for the Visual Arts displays new exhibits every to six to eight weeks.

The Center was constructed by Dr. Thomas J. Frist, Junior, and his family’s Frist Foundation, in cooperation with the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency, the US Postal Service, and the City of Nashville, who now owns the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

An Architectural Tour is provided at 4:30pm, for guests of the Center on the first Saturday of every month.

Now, through January 16, 2017, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts will display one of its most popular exhibits “Samuari:  The Way Of The Warrior,” in its Ingram Gallery.  Drawn from the Museo Stibbert, an arms and armor museum in Florence, Italy, this historical collection examines the legendary warrior class’s traditions.

More than ninety elaborate ornamental, decorative, and functional pieces from the 15th and 19th Centuries are displayed.  These objects illustrate the aesthetic, moral, and cultural codes of the Samuari, with artifacts considered one of the largest, oldest, and most important outside of Japan.

Nine complete suits of armor, twelve kabuto, or expressive helmets, several katana swords, a sixty-foot handscroll, a variety of lacquer wares, smoking boxes, an incense tray, a glided folding chair from the Tokugawa Shogunate Clan, lacquered calligraphy, and a viewing of the Samuari and Cinema film series of influential Samuari films, complete the collection.

A collaboration between Light and Sound Machine at Third Man Records, International Lens at Vanderbilt University, the Belcourt Theatre, and the Frist Center, offers four locations around Nashville for screenings of these films.

According to Katie Delmez, the Curator of the museum, “Armor for the elite Samuari was also very striking, intricately constructed with materials such as bearskins, buffalo horns, horsehairs, ivory, lacquer, and silk.”

She also added, “The armor was designed to express the individuality and power of the warrior.”

An interactive electronic game station allows guests an opportunity to test their Samuari history knowledge in the Education Gallery.

Courage, loyalty, personal cultivation, and honor were the most important Samuari values.

Feel free to contact the Frist Center for the Visual Arts at:

919 Broadway (in Downtown Nashville)

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***Brett Matthew West is a Nashvillian and a long time Freelance Writer.  His myriad of feature articles have been published in a vast array of newspapers and magazines around the United States.  He also possesses an extensive online presence for his Short Stories.***


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