Adding to WAG's Samurai armour: A presentation by David McKenzie

event date: 
Saturday, 1 June 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

As part of our two new collection shows 'Wanderlust' and 'Rich Pickings' (both available for viewing from 11 May), on display for the first time at WAG will be a Japanese Samurai armour from the Edo period (1602–1867) that has recently been completed with the help of David McKenzie who sourced a Menpo facemask and traditionally made sword (katana) in Japan. Worn by Samurai warriors and their warlords, the mask covers the face from nose to chin and helps secure a top heavy helmet. The katana was acquired with funds from the A.L. Lane Foundation. These items strengthen our cultural ties with Warrnambool’s Japanese sister city Miura, which sent a delegation to our 志村 信裕 Shimura Nobuhiro exhibition 物の気 mono no ke in 2018.

Image: Menpo facemask, steel with applied lacquer, silk cord and bristles, 22 x 18 x 14.5cm. Purchased with the assistance of the Warrnambool Art Gallery Foundation, 2018. Photo by Christine Ansorge.