The images uncover fascinating new information about the composition of armor that ranges from the Kamakura period (1185-1333) to the Edo period (1615-1868). X-ray images show the varying densities of the materials within each piece, consequently offering new insights about the concealed skill and ingenuity of the armorers. As history confirms, it was this quality and craftsmanship of the interior that ultimately meant the difference between life and death for the noble warrior. The Samurai Collection, the permanent home of the armor, is located in the HARWOOD District of Dallas, Texas.
A collective global audience of 1.25 million people from eight major cities have viewed objects from the collection in the traveling exhibition, “SAMURAI: Japanese Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection.” This major showcase of 140 samurai pieces made its most recent impressive and careful jaunt from the Centro Cultural Palacio de La Moneda in Santiago, Chile, to the Denver Art Museum.
The Samurai Collection would like to extend sincere thanks to the staff of Brookhaven College of Radiologic Sciences Program. Their generous and extensive assistance made “Samurai: Inside the Armor” possible.