The Phoenix Art Museum Samurai Exhibit

When I was in Arizona visiting, my sister took my daughter and my son and I to the Phoenix Art Museum to see the Samurai Exhibit. It was incredible because I had no idea about the exquisite detail and perfect craftsmanship that went in to the objects from these Japanese warriors so  many centuries ago. “The exhibit features more than 140 objects of warrior regalia, with full suits of armor, helmets and masks, weapons, horse tack, and other battle gear. It traces the evolution of the distinctive appearance and equipment of the samurai through the centuries and examines the warriors’ history through works of consummate craftsmanship and exquisite design.” credit

These are two soldiers on their horses ready for battle. Look at the armor on the horses!

Helmets are called “Kabuto”. The half masks are called “Menpo”. The full masks are called “Somen”.  They used iron, gold, leather, wood and real hair to construct them.

Each Helmet was different so that warriors could identify each other in costume.

Boys began military training at a very young age. They also participated in religious and academic instruction. At the age of twelve they had a ceremony and were given their first armor and sword.

These were my two favorite Samurai Warriors.

Samurai made intricate arrowheads. This one depicts a demon pursuing a child.

This special engagement exhibition runs from March 1, 2017 through July 16, 2017. It is offered at $5 for all ages along with the price of general admission. The museum offers free admission times as well so check their website .


10 thoughts on “The Phoenix Art Museum Samurai Exhibit

  1. Wow – this looks so fascinating. I will have to keep this in mind if I am ever in Phoenix. I am so fascinated by ancient cultures and seeing their artifacts is incredible.

  2. It’s amazing to witness such an amazing piece of historic warfare artifacts. Plus, the word “Samurai” will grab my attention any-day! This museum sounds intriguing.

  3. wow! this museum is really interesting to visit! looks like something to add on my bucket list!

  4. This would be an awesome exhibit to view if I get the chance to visit Phoenix. It is just amazing how intricate the details are on the masks and the armors. Even the arrowheads have designs? Wow.

  5. I did not know they had this kind of museum in Phoenix. It would be nice to see the Samurai exhibit, but since I live so far from AZ, it might not be possible right now. It is amazing how early civilizations were able to create such intricate armors and face plates when they only had the simplest of tools.

  6. I always think that too!! Things were so detailed back then. It must have taken a long time to make everything so beautifully.

  7. I’ve only been to a Samurai exhibit once and that was in Japan. I think this is amazing! It would be nice to take the kids here and introduce them to this culture.

  8. This is really interesting. I’ve never been to a Samurai exhibit before and I’d like to know more about their history and what happened throughout the years. Seeing the uniforms would be great as well.

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