B475. Art of the Samurai. Metropolitan Museum
B475. Art of the Samurai: Japanese Arms and Armor, 1156-1868 by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, edited by Morihiro Ogawa. 2009. Clothbound with a dust jacket, 9 ¼ x 12 ¼”, 344 pages in English. This catalog accompanied what was likely the greatest exhibit of Nihonto to take place anywhere in a long, long time. Never before have so many National Treasure objects left Japan. I know of Japanese collectors who flew to New York for the show, because where else could they see such important pieces in one place? And these weren’t your run of the mill National Treasures: the O-Kanehira tachi and a Heian Period suit of armor, and so much more. The book is big, beautiful, informative, well illustrated, and in like new condition. 4 pounds, 2 ounces. $120.