April 29, 2009
The exhibit offers the public a chance to see unique swords representative of the Higgins Armory Museum collection. Ceremonial saber, 1700s-1800s, Montenegro. Photo courtesy Smith Kramer Fine Art Services.
The Museum of Texas Tech University (MoTTU) presents A Double-Edged Weapon: The Sword as Icon and Artifact from the Higgins Armory Museum. The exhibit opens May 17 and runs through October 25, in the Galleries 2, 3 and 6 of the MoTTU.
A Double-Edged Weapon: The Sword as Icon and Artifact introduces modern audiences to an object that is already universally familiar in imagery, yet relatively unknown as a physical artifact. This exhibition, showcasing approximately 100 swords, cutting tools and sword elements, is drawn from the rich collections of the Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester, Mass., the only museum in the northeast United States dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of arms and armor.
The story of the sword around the globe is one of diversity reflecting local cultural tradition. The exhibition emphasizes the multiple facets inherent in the sword as an artifact. In these deadly works of art, elegance grapples with brutality, esthetics with functionality and reality with myth.
The showing is part of a national tour developed and managed by Smith Kramer Fine Art Services, an exhibition tour development company in Kansas City, Mo.
The Museum of Texas Tech University is located at 3301 4th Street, on the southeast corner of 4th and Indiana Avenue. Ample free parking is available in the north and west parking lots. Please use the 4th Street entry. To request special assistance in viewing the exhibition, contact the MoTTU Education Office at (806) 742-2432.
A Double-Edged Weapon, The Sword as Icon and Artifact from the Higgins Armory Museum. Tour Development by Smith Kramer Fine Art Services, Kansas City, Missouri.