Samurai. Exhibition at Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Samurai. Exhibition at Museum of Fine Arts Boston
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Samurai. Exhibition at Museum of Fine Arts Boston. April 14, 2013 – August 4, 2013. Ann and Graham Gund Gallery.

Great exhibition. If you have the chance, don’t miss it!

Samurai. Exhibition at Museum of Fine Arts Boston

©The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum, Dallas

Travel back in time and discover remarkable objects that illuminate the life, culture, and pageantry of these revered and feared Japanese warriors—from one of the best and largest collections in the world. “Samurai! Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection” features the extraordinary artistry of the armor used by samurai—the military elite led by the shoguns, or warlords, of Japan from the 12th through 19th centuries. The exhibition illustrates the evolution of the distinctive appearance and equipment of the samurai warrior through the centuries and examines their history.

The exhibition features more than 140 objects from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller collection, including armored horses carrying combat-ready samurai in full regalia. Highlights include helmets of lacquered metal adorned with emblems often inspired by nature—which signaled the status of the wearer, differentiated samurai from each other, and also frightened the enemy on the battlefield—and full suits of exquisitely crafted armor, weapons, horse armor, and accoutrements used for both battle and ceremonies.

Sponsors: This exhibition is supported by Highland Street Foundation.

The exhibition is organized by The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum, Dallas, in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Museum of Fine Arts Boston webpage

**About the photography: Armor of the nimaitachidō type (nimaitachidō tōsei gusoku), attributed Myōchin Yoshimichi (helmet bowl); Myōchin Munenori (armor), Muromachi period, about 1400 (helmet bowl); mid-Edo period, 18th century (armor). Iron, shakudō, lacing, silver, wood, gold, brocade, fur, bronze, brass, leather, and lacquer. Photograph by Brad Flowers. ©The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum, Dallas.

View Comments (2)
  • how incredible to be able to see this exhibition in person! i’ve always been fascinated with the culture of the samurai – thanks so much for sharing!

  • Isabel

    Yes, Jenean. I saw years ago that movie ‘Samurai’ with Tom Cruise. Fascinating!

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