The Museum represents one of the most important and consistent European collections of Japanese art of the Edo period (1600-1868) but there are also sections reserved for other Asian civilizations (China and Indonesia).
Specifically, Japanese art includes:
- the armor used mainly in parades, perfect copies of the originals, consisting of a helmet, kabuto, with crest, a mask, men, a leaf ruff and breastplate;
- typical cabinets and sword holders and cases for swords;
- jingasa, lacquered wooden war hats;
- numerous types of weapons (tachi, katana, tanto), daggers, spears, halberds, firearms and edged weapons in general;
- a considerable number of musical instruments used for the main genres of traditional music;
- dresses for ladies of the Edo period.
In addition to these important pieces, there is a repertoire of Chinese porcelain dating back to the Ming and Qing periods and, finally, a section of the museum dedicated to the theater of Shadows, Wayang, typically Indonesian.