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Dressed to Kill: Japanese Arms & Armor

February 11, 2017 – May 7, 2017


Suit of Armor, Edo period (1615–1868), late 18th century, 1892.2783This exhibition introduces Japanese samurai culture and arts from the 16th–19th centuries. The 130 warrior-related objects are selected from the collections of the Cincinnati Art Museum and Gary Grose, a local collector. In addition to 11 full suits of armor and a wide variety of arms, this exhibition will also feature the museum’s related Japanese art works, including battle prints, paintings, metal crafts, banners and costumes – many will be on display for the first time.


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Armor, Edo period (1615–1868), late 18th century, 1892.2783

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Dressed to Kill Programming


In Depth: Conserving Samurai Suits with Kelly Rectenwald

SAT. FEB. 11, 2017


Evenings for Educators: Dressed to Kill

THURS. FEB. 16, 2017


Picture This! Teen Book Club: Ichiro by Ryan Inzana

SAT. FEB. 18, 2017


Art in the Making: Ink Painting

SUN. FEB. 19, 2017


Wee Wednesday: Travel the World

WED. FEB. 22, 2017


Art After Dark: Dressed to Kill

FRI. FEB. 24, 2017


Connect: Wearing Armor

SAT. FEB. 25, 2017


MUSE: In the Far East

SUN. MARCH 12, 2017


See the Story Book Club: Cloud of Sparrows by Takashi Matsuoka

SAT. MARCH 18, 2017


Art in the Making: Samurai Helmets

SAT. MARCH 18, 2017


Ancient Meets Contemporary: Glory and Honor

SAT. MARCH. 18, 2017


Asian Art Society Lecture: Samurai Culture: Three Perspectives

SUN. APR. 2, 2017


InDepth: Dressed to Kill with Curator of Asian Art Hou-mei Sung

SAT. APR. 8, 2017


Family First Saturday Japanamania

SAT. MAY 6, 2017

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Dressed to Kill Public Tours


Public Tours: Dressed to Kill

THURSDAYS, FEB. 23–MAY 4, 2017, 6:30 P.M. 

Excluding April 13th and April 27th.


Public Tour with ASL Interpretation: Dressed to Kill

SAT. APR. 15, 2017

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Click on the links below to view and download gallery guides for Dressed to Kill: Japanese Arms & Armor. 

Dressed to Kill: Educator Information

Dressed to Kill: ON-SITE

Dressed to Kill: PRE-VISIT

Dressed to Kill: POST-VISIT

Dressed to Kill: Adult Gallery Guide

Dressed to Kill: Sword Preparation and Installation

by Design and Installation


(Video) Watch as one of the Dressed to Kill swords is prepared and installed.


Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Japanese Folding Book

by Conservation


Posted by: Conservation

With the opening of Dressed to Kill: Japanese Arms and Armor coming soon, our paper conservator has almost finished repairs to a Japanese folding book for the exhibition. Read more...

Want to know more about the Samurai?

Check out this video from Artrageous with Nate, featuring Cincinnati Art Museum’s collection of Samurai armor!