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  • COURTESY CLARK CENTER FOR JAPANESE ART AND CULTURE
    This painted screen by an unknown artist, circa 1650-1700, depicts a scene from "The Tale of the Heike," an epic novel about the Japanese civil war of the late 12th century.
  • COURTESY OF RICHARD AND ADOREE SURAN
    A round iron sword guard with pierced dragon from the late 17th century.
  • COURTESY OF A PRIVATE COLLECTION
    A suit of armor with a pink rib-bone cuirass from the 18th century is made of iron, lacquer, boar fur and cord.

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