Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection


Travel back in time and discover the life, culture and pageantry of the revered and feared Japanese samurai warriors through one of the best and largest collections in the world. It is the first exhibition displayed in the new Piano Pavilion.

Samurai Armor

The power of samurai armor is in its details: functionally, even the smallest component had its purpose. 

The Evolution of Helmets

To be more readily identifiable on the battlefield, samurai began to wear helmets with elaborate ornaments at the front, back, or sides.

The Samurai and His Horse

Riding on magnificent mounts and wearing their most striking armor, samurai displayed their status and wealth. 

Armor in Times of Peace

Though still functional, armor became a leading symbol of pageantry and prestige during times of peace.