The extraordinary artistry of the armor and weaponry used by samurai - the military elite led by the shoguns, or warlords, of Japan from the 12th through 19th centuries - will be highlighted in Samurai! Armor from the Collection of Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller. The exhibition, which also will examine the culture and history of these famed warriors, will draw from the internationally acclaimed Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller collection, one of the finest and most comprehensive holdings of its kind in the world.
On view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - the show''s first venue in the United States - Samurai! will illustrate the evolution of the distinctive appearance and equipment of the samurai warrior through the centuries. It will present more than 140 objects from the Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum: The Samurai Collection in Dallas, Texas, such as helmets of lacquered metal adorned with emblems often inspired by nature. These signaled the status of the wearer, differentiated each samurai from another, and also frightened the enemy on the battlefield. Also included will be full suits of exquisitely crafted armor, weapons, armor for horses, and accoutrements used for both battle and ceremonies. A highlight of the exhibition will be an imposing display of two horses in armor carrying combat-ready samurai in full regalia.
Presented with supporting sponsorship from Highland Street Foundation.
The exhibition is organized by The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum, Dallas, in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.