For the first time in Europe, the musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac presents the exceptional collection of Samurai armor from The Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum, Dallas. The exhibition aims to display the culture, lifestyle and art of the Samurai warrior in Japanese society over almost nine centuries through various types of objects, including full suits of armor, helmets, and full horse armor, used for both battle and ceremonial parades.
About the exhibition
The Samurai belonged to the Japanese intellectual elite and practiced disciplines often contrasting with the violence of the art of combat, such as calligraphy, poetry and literature. Their armorers worked as artists creating beautiful pieces, most with delicate details, which were also capable of protecting the Samurai in the most violent of battles.
The armor of the ancient Japanese warriors, particularly lacquered metal helmets adorned with crests often inspired by nature, were designed to express the warrior's status, to distinguish the different Samurai and also to frighten the enemy on the battlefield.
Through over 140 objects – full suits of armor, helmets, weapons, horse armor and accoutrements – the exhibition shows the evolution of the omote dogu – the external appearance and equipment of the Samurai warrior – from the twelfth to nineteenth century, a period that saw the rise and expansion of the fascinating Samurai culture.
- Gabriel Barbier-Mueller, collector and connoisseur
- Place: Mezzanine est
From Tuesday 08 November 2011 at Sunday 29 January 2012
mardi, mercredi et dimanche de 11h à 19h jeudi, vendredi et samedi de 11h à 21h
Closed on mondayTuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 10:30 am-07:00 pmThursday: 10:30 am-10:00 pm
- Public: All publics
- Categorie : Exhibitions