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winter arts guide: critics’ pick

Critics’ picks in Boston-area art museums

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LETHAL BEAUTY: SAMURAI WEAPONS AND ARMOR and SAMURAI! ARMOR FROM THE ANN AND GABRIEL BARBIER-MUELLER COLLECTION Has any warrior class had as developed an aesthetic as the Japanese samurai did? These two shows explore just how beautiful military regalia can be. “Lethal Beauty”: Through May 5, Currier Museum of Art, 603-669-6144, www.currier.org. “Samurai!”: April 14-Aug. 4, 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org

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