The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum: The Samurai Collection

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The museum offers an introduction to the fascinating world of the samurai while presenting an intimate viewing experience of their spectacular armor and accoutrements. One section within the exhibition highlights helmets from around the world. Admission is free.

The traveling exhibitions of The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum: The Samurai Collection have showcased a variety of works from the family’s collection, which has been built over a span of twenty five years.

One hundred and forty pieces from the collection, including suits of armor, helmets, masks, and weaponry are on display at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston through August 4, 2013. The pieces were previously on display at the Musée de la civilisation in Québec City and the musée du quai Branly in Paris.

In conjunction with the exhibitions, a book titled The Art of Armor: Samurai Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection was released in association with Yale University Press. The book presents a collection of essays from well-renowned scholars of Japanese art and armor in addition to an astonishing full color catalog of one hundred and twenty objects from the collection.

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