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

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SAMURAI LEGACY: THE ARTISTRY AND CULTURE OF JAPAN’S MILITARY NOBILITY, SPANNING NINE CENTURIES.
  • 09/07/2023 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • 09/08/2023 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • 09/09/2023 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • 09/10/2023 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • 09/12/2023 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • 09/13/2023 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • 09/14/2023 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • 09/15/2023 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • 09/16/2023 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • 09/17/2023 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Cost: $18.50
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CRITIC’S PICK: “Being a samurai lies in seriously devoting one’s body and soul to one’s master, and to fit oneself inwardly with intelligence, humanity and courage.” That was according to Yamamoto Tsunetomo, a Buddhist monk and samurai of the Saga Domain in Japan’s Hizen Province who died in 1719. This agglomeration honors him and others of his kind “through a dazzling array of more than one hundred fifty helmets, swords, and other objects spanning almost nine centuries, including nearly twenty complete sets of armor, the exhibition will illuminate the exceptionally high level of design and craft dedicated to these elaborate instruments of ceremony and combat,” the museum’s announcement notes. “These objects reveal the culture, lifestyle, and artistic legacy associated with the samurai warrior in Japanese society.” The collection was amassed by Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller, who note in a statement: “It is the combination of art and armor, the boundless creativity of the objects’ forms, and the aesthetics used by these fierce and cultivated warriors that drew us in.” The High’s chief curator, Kevin Tucker, adds, “For centuries, the samurai in Japan provided a touchpoint for not only political change and military prowess, but importantly, an extensive range of artistic production in metals, textiles, lacquer work and the host of materials necessary to create these elaborately decorated statements of power and prestige. The legacy of samurai persists to this day in the often nearly mythological perception of their history and adoption of imagery in popular culture including by way of anime, manga and contemporary film.” — Kevin C. Madigan

From the venue:

Samurai Armor from the Collection of Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller features one of the most important collections of samurai armor outside of Japan. Through a dazzling array of more than one hundred fifty helmets, swords, and other objects spanning almost nine centuries, including nearly twenty complete sets of armor, the exhibition will illuminate the exceptionally high level of design and craft dedicated to these elaborate instruments of ceremony and combat. These objects reveal the culture, lifestyle, and artistic legacy associated with the samurai warrior in Japanese society. The High is the first museum in the Southeastern United States to present this exhibition, which has traveled to cities around the world.

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