LACMA: Samurai


The Samurai exhibit at LACMA is so impressive it envokes a physical reaction upon entrance.  Amber B, immediatly had goosebumps, and I burst into my “happy dance”.   All forms of armor are meant to give friends and enemies a sense of awe.    This stunning private collection is nothing short of awesome.

Photo by Amber B

Japanese craftmanship is a testament that humans can create perfection.  The amount of precise detail from the horse costumes to the intricate helmets is unequivocal to any armor exhibit I have ever seen.  (And yes, as a matter of fact, I have seen a fair amount of historical museum quality armor, but that is a story for another day).

Photo Cred: Amber B

The legacy of the Samuri dates back to the 14th century, and the condition of these pieces are immaculate. The tale of these elaborate helmets is to distinguish the Samuri as an individual.  As an idvidual, the Samuri is more terrifying than a uniformed soldier.   Battle fields were filled with smoke to make it hard to see, through smoke these unique helmets with eyes and ears and horns would emerge striking terrror in the opponents.  It was hard not to think how beautiful these battles must have been……. right before the stabbing,  clubbing, bleeding and dying part.

I loved this exhibition, and it’s commitment to the essence of Japanese culture,  beauty, perfection, honor and tradition. Beautiful collection and stunning curation.

Free for LACMA members, $25 for non members.  (don’t forget LACMA is closed on Wednesdays)

SAMURAI: Japanese Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection.




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