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PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2015 5:58 am    Post subject: Samurai: Japanese Armor from the Barbieri-Mueller Collection Reply with quote
Went a couple days ago to LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) to see this Samurai armor show I'd heard was not to be missed. And, indeed, it was pretty incredible.

I haven't gotten around to writing a review of the exhibit yet, but if you're interested, my photos can be seen here:

https://www.flickr.com/search/?tags=lacmasamurai&sort=relevance&user_id=41361030%40N00
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2015 9:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
The core of the exhibit was incredible - lots of armor, helmets, displayed dramatically under red lights, filling an entire hall.

Because the Barbieri-Mueller Collection (apparently, seemingly) focuses almost exclusively on armor, and not on weapons, LACMA pulled from its own collection, and from local dealer Tetsugendo.com and the Museum of Global Antiquities, to supplement, in an exhibit in the Japan Pavilion on the other end of the museum.

Some highlights (for me, anyway):



A 19th century hinawajû (matchlock), showing how the fuse would have looked, and would have connected to the weapon itself.



A tsuba (handguard) and pair of menuki (sword fitting ornaments) made by Miyamoto Musashi himself.



A Muramasa blade.



A triptych of calligraphy scrolls by the big man of Mito, none other than Lord Tokugawa Nariaki.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2015 2:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Nice pictures - thanks.

You don't have any more information (or a larger picture) on the menuki by Musashi in your picture do you?

I'm wondering about the attribution to Musashi - I haven't seen them mentioned in anything before, and it was the devil of a job to actually track down a side view picture of his origane http://ichijoji.blogspot.jp/2011/08/musashis-monkey-design-part-2.html on the same theme.

Apart from his tsuba, most of his metalwork seems one of a kind, so it is certainly possible they are his… they just don't look like anything else of his that I've seen.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2015 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
This is all I have, I'm afraid:

Link to larger picture: https://www.flickr.com/photos/toranosuke/16128286520/

Gallery labels: https://www.flickr.com/photos/toranosuke/15693250314/
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Thanks,

That was what I was hoping for…especially the picture of the explanation.
If the NBTHK has certified it as being authentic, I guess it is.

I will get in touch with the owners and see if I can find out any more.

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