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Samurai Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum [Hardcover]

L. John Anderson , Sachiko Hori , Morihiro Ogawa , Thom Richardson , John Stevenson , Stephen Turbull
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1 Nov 2011
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.


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (1 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300176368
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300176360
  • Product Dimensions: 3.7 x 26.7 x 31.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 535,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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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. The cover is slightly different from the one presented by Amazon and you may have a preview at the YUP site: another example of a publisher and a book that will continue to astonish us.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb pictures 17 April 2014
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A fantastic book with some of the best pictorial illustrations of period armour you will ever see. It is a big format print and very heavy making it a little unwieldy to view - you have to lay it down on a table or the (clean) floor/carpet but this just reflects the high standards of the production value.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A tribute to samurai from The Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum 3 Dec 2011
By Antonio Covacci - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
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. The cover is slightly different from the one presented by Amazon and you may have a preview at the YUP site: another example of a publisher and a book that will continue to astonish us. (Written for the amazon.co.uk site).
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing book on Samurai Arms and Armor 22 July 2013
By Lee - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this,book after seeing the exhibit in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. I cannot say enough in praise of it. The photographs convey the beauty, mastery, and awe of,these incredible pieces of,arms,and armor. If you want to know about the Samurai this book will give you a visceral sense of who they were and what they stood for.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars super art book 30 Mar 2013
By doug e. lewis - Published on Amazon.com
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much more than I expected from the description.... mint condition.... very fast delivery I would buy from them again, and the price was great, could have charged more and I would still be happy....
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Art Book on Samurai Armor 12 Feb 2014
By JONATHAN RAINES - Published on Amazon.com
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Within the covers of this giant (6lbs.!!) book,is some of the clearest and most beautiful photographs I've ever seen.Extremely Hi-definition photography plus perfect lighting make this book a treat.The essays and interviews are very well done,and helps to place this collection in context.
While this is truly a "coffee-table" book(indeed,it could almost BE a coffee table!),anyone with even a modest interest in Samurai culture would love to have this book.I'm purchasing a second copy for gift-giving next Xmas.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 2 Jan 2014
By J. LaFreniere - Published on Amazon.com
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This is really a great book, my son loves it. Beautiful pictures, well laid out and plenty of detailed information.
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