The DIA's next special exhibition—Samurai: Beyond the Sword—opens March 9, and tickets are on sale! 

The exhibition offers an in-depth look at the samurai—shoguns (supreme military rulers), daimyo (regional lords) and soldiers—who sought balance between military and cultural pursuits. It explores artworks that project the image of the samurai not only as fierce warriors but also as patrons of the arts and sophisticated artists and scholars during the relatively peaceful Edo period (1603–1868). 

Purchase tickets and read more here:

Image: Complete Set of Armor (tōsei gusoku) with Multi-colored Lacing (detail), unknown artist, 1700s, iron, silk, lacquer, gold, boar fur and bristle. Courtesy of a private collection