SLIDESHOW: "Star Trek's" William Shatner unveils sculpture at the Frazier

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- He's best known from "Star Trek" and "Boston Legal," not to mention countless Priceline commercials, but Tuesday morning at the Frazier Historical Museum, William Shatner displayed his interest in history and art.

Shatner is donating a bronze sculpture featuring a samurai warrior on horseback to the Frazier, which has a new samurai exhibit that opened Saturday.

The sculpture, by Kentucky artist Douwe Blumberg, was unveiled Tuesday morning at the museum in downtown Louisville. The sculpture is a copy of one that Shatner owns.  "I became interested in Japanese history a long time ago," he said Tuesday, "and was struck by the delicacy of the Japanese culture as well as the brutality, if you will."  He referred to "a mixture of refinement and warrior sensibility" in Japanese culture, and said the statue reflects both those qualities.

The museum says the 3,800-square-foot exhibition displays more than 200 objects, from armor and swords to rare textiles, artwork and religious items. It opened in conjunction with the centennial celebration of the 1912 gift of cherry trees to the people of the U.S. by the people of Japan.

Shatner declared himself "in awe" of the Frazier, and took a private tour of the museum after unveiling the sculpture.

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