ARMOR FROM THE ANN AND GABRIEL BARBIER-MUELLER COLLECTION
THE STORIED WORLD OF HONOR AND COURAGE,
THE MYSTIQUE OF JAPAN’S LEGENDARY SAMURI.
Text courtesy of Phoenix Art Museum
Photos by Brad Flowers
The traveling exhibition, Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection, takes visitors on a journey back in time to discover the history, culture, and pageantry of the revered and feared Japanese samurai warriors. The exhibition features more than 140 objects of warrior regalia, from full suits of armor, helmets and face guards, to weapons, horse trappings and other battle gear.
Each object represents the evolution of the distinctive appearance and equipment of the samurai through the centuries, exploring the legends and history through objects of consummate craftsmanship and exquisite design. It is the largest and most comprehensive collection of its kind outside of Japan.
“We are excited to present to our community this remarkable collection of samurai regalia from The Ann &Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum in Texas,” says Amada Cruz, Sybil Harrington Director and CEO of Phoenix Art Museum. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view objects of such exquisite craftsmanship and historical importance from samurai culture, enabling us to bring a taste of the wider world to our diverse communities.”
Samurai: Armor from The Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection