A Double-Edged Weapon: The Sword as Icon and Artifact

11/13/2008

Ceremonial saber from the exhibit, A Double-Edged WeaponA Double-Edged Weapon:
The Sword as Icon and Artifact

November 13, 2008 through April 26, 2009
Gallery II
Opening reception on December 12, 5 – 8 pm, in conjunction with downtown’s 2nd Friday Art Night

A Double-Edged Weapon: The Sword as Icon and Artifact introduces modern audiences to an object that is already universally familiar as an icon, yet largely unknown as a physical artifact. The story of the sword around the globe is one of diversity reflecting local cultural tradition. The exhibit 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. This traveling exhibit showcases approximately 100 swords and sword elements and is drawn from the rich collections of Higgins Armory Museum, dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of arms and armor.