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Although usually thought of as individualist swordfighters and rigid adherents to the honorable Bushido code, Japan’s premodern warriors, the samurai, were profoundly social animals. This talk. led by Morgan Pitelka (Asian Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill), will illustrate the role of art in the interactions between elite warriors in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, with particular focus on banqueting, gift-giving, and other forms of politicized sociability. Presented in connection with Picture of Vanity Fair: Nineteenth Century Japanese Prints (on view 19 Oct 2012 – 6 Jan 2013).
DATE: December 5, 2012
LOCATION: Ackland Art Museum, UNC
TIME: 12:00-1:00pm

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