Past Exhibitions

Japanese Armor
July 22, 2017 - September 3, 2017

Armor and helmets to protect the bodies and heads of soldiers have been worn in battles fought in every nation and in every era of history. In Japan, a class of warriors arose during the increasingly frequent battles of the late Heian period (794–1185). The armor worn by these samurai developed both in accordance with practical considerations and as an expression of simplicity and fortitude, or splendor and magnificence. The form and appearance of armor also varied according to the social situation of the day. This exhibition features armor of the Japanese warrior, which was clearly meant not only to protect him but also to express his stylish sensibilities.

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