Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor

Rare weaponry and armor of ancient culture at the Katonah Museum of Art.

Helmet in the form of a bear’s head, Momoyama period, late 16th century. Iron, lacquer, and silk. Courtesy of Private Collection.

Photography by The Third Element Photo Co

Last stop: Katonah. The nationally-touring and critically-acclaimed exhibition, Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor, makes its final stop at the Katonah Museum of Art. Comprised of a dramatic array of objects and garments worn by the Samurai, an elite warrior class dating to 12th century Japan, the exhibition exposes the remarkable beauty and craftsmanship of these rare objects.

 The KMA will also feature an exhibition-within-the-exhibition focusing on twelve striking kimonos from the Alexander Murray Collection. Equal in splendor to the decidedly masculine samurai garments, kimonos and the world of women’s fashion are elegantly portrayed in pieces ranging from the eighteenth to twentieth centuries. The ultimate in couture, each garment was exclusively designed, hand-dyed, painted, stitched, and embroidered to create a one-of-a-kind object.

The KMA mounts ten exhibitions per year in its main galleries, Sculpture Garden, and Learning Center. Influential modernist architect Edward Larrabee Barnes designed the 10,000 square-foot building.

For more information: katonahmuseum.org.



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