Transport yourself in time with the latest exhibition at The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum: The Samurai Collection.
Abumi (stirrups) from the Edo period were made of iron, wood, lacquer and brass. PHOTO BY BRAD FLOWERS
Enter the ancient world of pomp and pageantry of the legendary Japanese warriors—the samurai. From their dauntless spirit throughout history to tales of harrowing triumphs in battle, this esteemed group of men exemplified honor for their country. The recently debuted exhibition—IRON MEN: The Artists of Iron in Samurai Armor—at The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum: The Samurai Collection tells the narrative behind this chapter in premodern Japan and the crucial role iron played throughout the warrior culture.
From famed artist Ryoei, this nanban tosei gusoku is from the Edo period. PHOTO BY BRAD FLOWERS
Dating back to as early as the third century and leading us through the end of this militant era in the 19th century, explore over 80 never-before-seen pieces of art. From full suits of armor to meticulously crafted weapons, witness the evolution behind the craftsmanship and details emblazoned throughout this iconic vestment. “It’s interesting to think about the common uses of iron and how, with the samurai and our collection, iron is the medium the Japanese artisans used to create the amazing pieces on display,” shares Niña Barbier-Mueller Tollett, director of cultural affairs for The Samurai Collection. “In the new exhibition, I think ‘Iron Men’ is really referring to the craftsmen as well as the samurai. We are excited to be bringing this aspect of samurai history to light.” Running through Oct. 3, explore this unique time in history where form and function are celebrated. Open weekends 11AM-5PM, and by appointment only during the week, 2501 N. Harwood St., ironmensamurai.com
The exhibition features over 80 masterworks. PHOTO BY BRAD FLOWERS