November 2017 / Bellagio Newsroom
Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection Now Open at Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art
Featuring more than 50 objects that were used both for combat and ceremonial purposes, Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art’s (BGFA) new exhibit, Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection, is now open through April 29, 2018.
The exhibit honors the culture, lifestyle and art of the samurai warrior through centuries of Japanese history. Intricate pieces such as lacquered metal helmets adorned with crests and delicate, detailed armor capable of protecting the samurai are on display.
The exquisitely crafted pieces represent the evolution of the samurai warrior’s appearance and equipment spanning 600 years from the 14th-19thcenturies. During this time period, Japanese society recognized the advancement of the samurai as a great honor: from skilled archers to an elite class of warriors respected for their military skills, refinement and intellect. The exhibit and pieces inside convey the complete story of the samurai, a part of the intellectual Japanese elite who not only fought in battle, but also practiced poetry and calligraphy.