Dallas couple’s collection coming back to Texas

March 22, 2014 by  

Just a few miles from Dallas, the Kimball Art Museum is hosting part of a local couple’s collection of Samurai items.

A portion of Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Samurai collection has been on a global tour that commenced in Paris in 2012. The exhibit, ‘Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection’, will be at the Kimbell from March through August 31 after which it will continue to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

The entire collection is rivaled only by a few U.S. museums. The portions currently on display at the Kimbell includes 20 Samurai suits of armor, plus helmets, weapons, and three suits of armor for horses. The pieces are from across the eras and are made from all sorts of materials. There are 140 items in total.

The Samurai era lasted from 792 to 1868. According to the museum’s Asian and non-Western art curator, Jennifer Casler Price, the collection covers the Samurai history sufficiently to see the progression of armor and helmet. Price said helmet designs changed over time, becoming more elaborate to enable warriors to be able to identify each other through the smoke produced by gunpowder.

Museums often put in a postcard printing order when they receive a new exhibit. Patrons can then buy the postcards as a memento of their visit.