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.

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