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Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor Explores Rare Weaponry of Ancient Culture at the Katonah Museum of Art

Tōsei Gusoku armor with multi-colored lacing and flesh-colored cuirass, Edo period, 18th century. Iron, lacquer, gold, boar fur, and boar bristle. Courtesy of Private Collection. Photography by Forrest Cavale and ZacForrest Cavale and Zach Niles of ThirdElementStudios.comThe Katonah Museum of Art hosts the nationally-touring and critically-acclaimed exhibition, Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor, at its final stop on an extensive tour. Comprised of a dramatic array of objects and garments worn by the Samurai, an elite warrior class dating to the twelfth century, the exhibition exposes the remarkable beauty and craftsmanship of these rare and mesmerizing objects. The exhibition is on view October 12, 2014 – January 4, 2015.

In addition to highlights of the Samurai epoch, the KMA will 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.

Oct. 21, 2014 – Jan. 4, 2015
Museum hours: Sunday: 12pm – 5pm, Tuesday through Saturday: 10am – 5pm, Closed Monday.

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