Okay, it’s been forever since I wrote something for Museum Escapades even though it’s something I really love doing research for and writing about. I’ve also decided to extend Museum Escapades into temporary exhibits that have been featured in museums because well, there are only so many museums in the world.
So this is one of the blog archive-worthy exhibit posts that I’ve dug up in my head, just to give you a heads up on where I’ve been going to for Escapades. Have fun!
Caesar’s Weaponry and Armory Exhibit @ the Asian Civilisations Museum
To be incredibly honest, the adventure crew chanced upon this while I was heading to the bathroom and saw this exhibit during the Mighty Mughals Festival held at the same building. So I just called them down (because they like bokkens and swords and guns like that) to take a look. We weren’t disappointed.
Just to give a background on Caesar’s, it’s a shop that specialised in decorative weaponry. You know those Japanese bokkens and old style English decorative guns? They specialise in those, you’ll need licenses and stuff though, although it’s just decorative.
But onwards to the exhibition excursion!
This exhibit featured weapons from the historical times, kind of like a timely exhibit next to the Mighty Mughals Festival held at the upper floors. The weapons were categorised into four main groups: Asia, Americas, Middle East and Europe. Each category derived geographically but with obvious cultural differences embedded into the artifacts.
One thing that was significant in the European guns: The wooden handles are always plain but the intricate work is always on the metal. So in a sense it’s practicality merged with beauty: Comfortable to hold in your hand with the delicately carved/ embedded designs in the metalwork.
I apologise if I sound cliched but they really look like they came out from a Chinese Action movie! Or rather, as the Chinese call it, their “wuxia” movies. But the style is almost identical: cloth wrapped handles, slightly curved with the sword cover. I’m no sword expert though, I’m just naming the differences as compared to the rest of the categories.
Middle Eastern weapons were more decorative, meaning they had jewels encrusted and stuff. The blades were also shaped quite differently, think Prince of Persia and you’ll see what I mean.
But if there was anything I thought that could have made my exhibition experience better, I would say that the lighting could have been dimmer or not as glaring against the weaponry. I apologise for those who are blinded by the pictures, I was just taking them as-is. Still, something cool for the Adventure Crew to go through.
Before I leave you then, I shall exit with a photo that Sarah and I took just for the fun of it because there was a photo area:
Those were just decoratives, of course.