[Bonwicke] Double-edged weapons museum display

Jesus Cavazos toshirokoi at hotmail.com
Tue May 19 09:44:54 PDT 2009



 






Double-Edged Weapons Slice Through the Ages







The Museum of Texas Tech University presents A Double-Edged Weapon: The Sword as Icon and Artifact from the Higgins Armory Museum in the Galleries 2, 3, 4 and 6, located at 3301 4th Street (SE corner of 4th and Indiana Avenue), where ample free parking is available in the north and west parking lots; please use the 4th Street entry.

This extensive exhibition introduces modern audiences to an object that is already universally familiar as an icon, yet largely unknown as a physical artifact, featuring approximately 100 swords and sword elements drawn from the rich collections of Higgins Armory Museum, in Worcester, MA. 

The story of the sword around the globe is one of diversity reflecting local cultural tradition. Some swords were functional as battle weapons, but in other contexts, swords were also employed as symbols of authority, status, religion, politics, social identity, and the like. Increasing technological sophistication and visual impact of edged weapons went hand-in-hand with a trend to mythologization, as with Viking Age warriors who began to name their swords, and the weapons themselves became legendary figures in their own right, like Roland’s “Durendal,” Charlemagne’s “Joyeuse,” and Arthur’s “Excalibur.”  The exhibition emphasizes the dualities and complexities inherent in the artifact: in these deadly works of art, elegance grapples with brutality, esthetics with functionality, and reality with myth.

The showing at the Museum of TTU is part of a national tour over two and a half years period developed and managed by Smith Kramer Fine Art Services, an exhibition tour development company in Kansas City, MO.

 

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