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'Objects of Wonder': Samurai armor

We went to an exhibit titled “Objects of Wonder: From the Collections of the National Museum of Natural History,” an interesting display of items that examines how scientists use the Smithsonian collections to enlighten and illuminate our understanding of nature and human culture. I took a few pictures, but most of it was more appropriate for viewing and reading about than photographing.

This samurai armor was a diplomatic gift to the United States from the government of Japan, although I’m not sure when; surely more than a century ago, probably much longer. They only light it for short periods of time since a sign said that it had faded from its original brilliant red color and they were trying to preserve it.

'Objects of Wonder': Key archive of information, posted earlier:

Nikon D810 ,Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
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Range View 19-Sep-2017 23:39
This is truly an object of wonder, excellent capture Helen. V
Julie Oldfield16-Sep-2017 11:14
What a great capture of detail. Very fascinating. V
Nirvan Hope15-Sep-2017 04:40
I think if that was the enemy wearing the armor I'd not attack but just stand and admire the workmanship!
Raymond14-Sep-2017 17:20
Whoa, some gift! Amazingly beautiful
janescottcumming14-Sep-2017 12:59
Very ornate. I can't imagine wearing it though! V
Ika Zinka Eferl14-Sep-2017 10:32
Fantastic shot, Helen! V+
Tom LeRoy14-Sep-2017 08:46
Quite ornate and well made armor from long ago and nice sharp image. Wonder if it would stop a samurai katana? V
Patrick Goossens14-Sep-2017 07:43
Magnificent piece of the Samurai era.
Martin Lamoon14-Sep-2017 07:26
Impressive suit!
Ton, Ben & Rob Nagtegaal14-Sep-2017 06:14
Beautiful well presented and an interesting image. V
larose forest photos14-Sep-2017 02:29
This is pretty impressive armour and a marvelous shot of it. V
globalgadabout13-Sep-2017 23:17
impressive, and surprisingly attractive armour...seems a lot of weight to wield though...Toshiro Mifune, and his tougher forebears, must have been a stalwart lot...
Jim Coffman13-Sep-2017 23:10
I just love these! Great image, Helen...
Zeeby13-Sep-2017 22:33
Wow, very interesting item. V
Dwight Rankine13-Sep-2017 22:25
It looks a bit cumbersome, I wonder how they moved in those things. Good sharp shot! V