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Art of Armor was edited by J. Gabriel Barbier-Mueller with essays by L. John Anderson, Sachiko Hori, Morihiro Ogawa, Thom Richardson, John Stevenson, and Stephen Turnbull.
This book presents, for the first time, the samurai armor collection of the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum in Dallas. The Barbier-Mueller has one of the largest and most important collections of its kind in the world. It is composed of nearly three hundred objects, several of which are considered masterpieces, including suits of armor, helmets, masks, horse armor, and weaponry. The objects date from the 12th to the 19th century, with a particularly strong focus on Edo-period armor.
Offering an exciting look into the world of the samurai warrior, the book delves into topics such as the phenomenon of the warrior in Japan, the development of the samurai helmet, castle architecture, women in samurai culture, and Japanese horse armor. The book's final section consists of an extensive catalogue of objects, concentrating on 120 significant works in the collection.
Learn more about LACMA's exhibition Samurai: Japanese Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection
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- Available in Hardbound or Softbound
- 360 pages, 12-1/4 x 10-1/3 x 1-1/2 inches
- Lavishly illustrated in full color
- Reprinted in 2014 for LACMA