SEMINAR - Swords of Asia

Saturday 20 September
10.30 – 4.30


Ian Bottomley – Curator Emeritus (formerly Senior Curator of Oriental Collections, Royal Armouries) and Natasha Bennett – Assistant Curator of Oriental Collections, Royal Armouries

Examine swords from across the Asian continent, including the Turkish yataghan, the Indian pata, the Persian shamshir, the Chinese jian, the Indonesian kris and the Japanese katana.

Consider the prominent roles that swords have played in Asian society; as lethal weapons in the field of combat, as diplomatic gifts and symbols of status, rank and ceremony, and as part of complex political and trade relations.

Learn the manufacturing and decorative techniques involved in fashioning beautiful, efficient blades and stunning fittings, and handle multiple examples originating from different regions.

  • All of the seminars run from 10:30 to 4:30 and take place at the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds.
  • Lunch is not provided, but there is a bistro and a café plus a picnic area in the Museum.
  • Booking is essential as the seminars tend to sell out quickly and places are limited to 20 delegates per seminar.

Proof of photographic ID such as passport or driving license is needed for all seminars. Entrance may be denied without suitable identification.

To book

Book online below or tickets can also be booked by phone or email.

Tel: 0113 220 1888

Visitor Information

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