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Age of Armor: Treasures from the Higgins Collection at the Worcester Art Museum

7 May 2022

Bringing together highlights from the Higgins Armory Collection at the Worcester Art Museum and Denver Art Museum’s (DAM) own collection, ‘Age of Armor’ (15 May–5 September) considers the cultural significance of armour from the Middle Ages to the present day. The exhibition’s seven sections include ‘Armor as Fashion’ and ‘The Changing Nature of Warfare’, with eye-catching items such a late 16th-century helmet in the form of a conch shell from Japan, which boasts a textured surface mimicking the skin of a ray. The exhibition will also include two ceramic sculptures by the New Mexican artist Virgil Ortiz.

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Field Armour from a Garniture (c. 1595). Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts. Photo: © 2021 Worcester Art Museum, all rights reserved

Helmet in the form of a conch shell (1618). Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts

Halberd for an officer of the Trained Band (1678). Worcester Arts Museum, Massachusetts. Photo: © 2021 Worcester Art Museum, all rights reserved.

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