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Samurai Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum

Samurai Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum Samurai Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum
Autor: Morihiro Ogawa, Sachiko Hori, L. John Anderson
Data publikacji: 2012-01
ISBN: 9780300176360
Wydawca: Yale University Press
Język: angielski
Wymiary: 25.4 x 3.8 x 30.5 cm
Oprawa: twarda
Liczba stron: 356
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This extraordinary publication presents, for the first time, the Samurai armour collection of the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum in Dallas, Texas. The Barbier-Mueller has selectively amassed these pieces of armour over the past twenty-five years, ultimately forming one of the largest and most important collections of its kind in the world. It is comprised of nearly three hundred objects, several of which are considered masterpieces, including suits of armour, helmets, masks, horse armour, and weaponry. The objects date from the 12th to the 19th century, with a particularly strong focus on Edo-period armour. Offering an exciting look into the world of the Samurai warrior, this book begins with an introduction by Morihiro Ogawa. Essays by prominent scholars in the field highlight 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 armour. The book's final section consists of an extensive catalogue of objects, concentrating on 120 significant works in the collection. Lavishly illustrated in full colour, each object is accompanied by an entry written by a scholar of Japanese armour.

Prepare yourself for a stunning visual experience. Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller have discovered, selected and purchased magnificent examples of the life and art of Samurai warrior: suits of armor and helmets, horse armor, accutrements used in parade as well during battles. For the collection, now in the exhibition at the Museé du quay Branly (see the web site) they have also built the museum in Dallas. For all of us they have written a superlative catalogue that has no rival in the field, and more in general, among books of art. The book as been designed by Jeff Pincapaw with photographs made by Brad Flowers. A selected group of scholars have fully covered the subject; with 120 examples of the most sophisticated piece of art from 1185 to 1868 (from Kabuka period to Edo period) covering the Mori Clan and the early armor. All the components are represented including Jinbaori (coats), Hakama (pants), blades and nothing more than three horses in full armor mounted by dressed warriors. Photographs are unique as well as the design of the book. Typed on Mercury and Whitney and printed on high grammature paper using an extremely large tonal range and color saturation, this is probably the first book of its kind, opening the way of a new generation of art books. Each picture is a triumph of details and has been processed to fulfill the layout design. The people at Yale University Press have released several books in the last few months on oriental arts that are shaking the field.
If you want to keep your copy pristine, as a document of our times, please handle cotton gloves to pass over 356 pages of black, white, gold and immaculate pictures.


About the Author

L. John Anderson is an independent scholar and collector of samurai armour. Sachiko Hori is vice president of Sotheby's Japanese Works of Art department in New York. Morihiro Ogawa is special consultant for Japanese arms and armour in the Department of Arms and Armor at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Thom Richardson is keeper of armour and Oriental collections at the Royal Armouries in Leeds. John Stevenson is lecturer on Japanese art and history at the University of Washington. Stephen Turnbull is visiting lecturer in South East Asian religious studies at the University of Leeds.

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