Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection is now on display at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art. The exhibit, which honors the culture, lifestyle and art of the samurai warrior through centuries of Japanese history, is on display through April 29, 2018. 

The display features more than 50 objects that were used both for combat and ceremonial purposes from the 14th through 19th centuries. Some of the pieces are Armor of the Nuinobed type and military equipment from the Late Momoyama period including lacquered metal helmets adorned with crests, shoulder guards, and detailed armor capable of protecting the samurai on display.

Visitors can see the evolution of the samurai warrior’s appearance and equipment spanning 600 years. Being a samurai was a great honor in the Japanese culture. Samurai’s were skilled archers, an elite class of warriors respected for their military skills and both refined and smart. The exhibit and pieces tells the story of the samurai, both on and off the battlefield. Samurai’s also practiced poetry and calligraphy.

You can enjoy more of Bellagio’s art at the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Garden. The Garden currently celebrates fall with the “Proud as a Peacock” display now through November 25. The “Holiday Glamour” display will take over December 2 through January 6.

The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Guests can enjoy complimentary daily docent tours at 2 p.m. and private docent tours are available. 

Las Vegas, NV – 11/7/17

By: Jena Pugh