Samurai

Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection
Mar 6, 2016–Jun 5, 2016

Nimaitachidō tōsei gusoku armor. Attributed: Myōchin Yoshimichi (helmet bowl); Myōchin Munenori (armor). Muromachi period, ca. 1400 (helmet bowl); mid Edo period, 18th century (armor). Iron, shakudō, lacing, silver, wood, gold, brocade, fur, bronze, brass, leather. © The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum, Dallas. Photo: Brad Flowers.

Eboshi kabuto (eboshi-shaped helmet) and menpō (half mask). Late Muromachi to Momoyama period, late 16th century. Iron, gold lacquer, bronze, horn, horsehair. © The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum, Dallas. Photo: Brad Flowers.

Sōmen (full-face mask). Signed: Hōei shichi kanoetora reki hachigatsu kichinichi Bukō ni oite Myōchin Munenaga nijūhachisai kore saku (made by Myōchin Ki no Munenaga at the age of twenty-eight on an auspicious day of the eighth month of Hōei [1710] in Edo). Edo period, 1710. Iron. © The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum, Dallas. Photo: Brad Flowers.

Yokohagidō tōsei gusoku armor. Nanbokuchō period, 1336-1392 (helmet); mid-Edo period, 18th century (suit). Iron, shakudō, gold and silver lacquer, lacing, leather, bronze, wood, silk, brocade, bear fur. © The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum, Dallas. Photo: Brad Flowers.

Yokohagidō tōsei gusoku armor. Signed: Jōshū no jū Saotome Ienari (Saotome Ienari living in Hitachi province) (helmet); Ichiguchi Yoshikata (mask). Early to mid Edo period: 17th century (helmet bowl); 18th century (mask and armor). Iron, leather, gold, wood, lacing, fur, hemp. © The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum, Dallas. Photo: Brad Flowers.

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Closed: March 6, 2016–Jun 5, 2016
Hamilton Building - Level 2

The exhibition Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection tells the iconic story of Japanese samurai through 140 objects from one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of samurai armor and accoutrements in the world.

Surrounded by murals and war regalia, visitors will be immersed in the life, culture, and pageantry of samurai in the 1100s through the 1800s. Exquisitely decorated suits of armor, helmets, weapons, horse trappings, and additional battle gear are on display, demonstrating masterful craftsmanship. Samurai highlights the artistic inspiration for these elaborate suits of armor.

The exhibition is curated in collaboration with the Denver Art Museum and The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum: The Samurai Collection, Dallas. An exhibition catalog, Art of Armor: Samurai Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection, was available in The Shops and online (now sold out).

Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection is organized by The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum, Dallas. Local support is provided by the generous donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine, CBS4, Comcast Spotlight, and The Denver Post.

Plan

Samurai, on view through June 5, 2016, is ticketed with a member discount.

For Members

Member Tours take place on Tuesdays–Fridays through the course of the exhibition. These guided tours are approximately 45 minutes long.

Members also save 10% on purchases in The Shops, including the Samurai Shop.

Become a member or renew your membership online or call 720-913-0130 (10 am–5 pm).

For Everyone—7 Helpful Tips for Your Visit to Samurai

Read our recent blog post with tips and answers to frequently asked questions. If you have any further questions, feel free to ask at the museum welcome center on level one of each building, or ask in advance by calling 720-913-0130.

Group Tickets, Group Tours & Event Rentals

Specially priced tickets for groups of 10 or more are now available, as well as reservations for private gallery rentals and events. Exhibition tours for groups also can be scheduled (3-week advance reservations required).

Please contact group sales at 720-913-0088 or email groupsales@denverartmuseum.org for group tickets and booking details.

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