Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection

Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection

February 16, 2014 to August 31, 2014

Travel back in time and discover the life, culture and pageantry of the revered and feared Japanese samurai warriors through more than 140 remarkable objects 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 through the centuries and examines the warriors’ history through works of consummate craftsmanship and exquisite design. Among the highlights of the exhibition are warriors’ helmets of lacquered metal, adorned with emblems often inspired by nature, which signaled the status of the wearer, differentiated samurai from each other and frightened the enemy on the battlefield. Combat-ready samurai in full regalia will be shown in suits of intricately crafted armor on similarly armored steeds. The exhibition will also feature beautifully designed accoutrements used for both battle and ceremonies. It will be the first traveling exhibition displayed in the new Renzo Piano pavilion.

 

Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection is organized by The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum, Dallas. It is supported by the DFW Lexus Dealers. 

Admission to this exhibition is $14 for adults; $12 for seniors age 60 and over and for students with an ID; $10 for children ages 6­–11; and FREE for children under 6 and for Museum members. Admission is half-price on Tuesdays and after 5 p.m. on Fridays.