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Samurai: Japanese Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection

Feudal japan in the 1800s was a lot like feudal Europe: Most people were peasants living in rural areas. If you were lucky, however, you were born a samurai and the government paid you to live in an awesome castle, tax your peasants, and keep order. You also had the right to strike down any commoner who didn’t show you respect and had the right to carry deadly swords.

Silkworms and Samurai: How Butterflies Shaped Modern Science in Japan

Nothing captures the idea of Japan like the image of a samurai, wearing his two swords and clad in his distinctive armor. The origins of the samurai reach as far back as 200 A.D. Early Japan had no central government, and there was fighting among.

Samurai, Meji Period

The Samurai aren't dead, they just found someone else to serve -Y'weh!

A Kabuto is a helmet used with traditional Japanese armor usually worn by the samurai class.

A lithograph plate showing Samurai warriors in a variety of different costumes, early 19th century Japan, 1888, by Albert Racinet (1825-1893). Titre : Le costume historique : cinq cents planches, trois cents en couleurs, or et argent, deux cent en camaieu, types principaux du vêtement et de la parure, rapprochés de ceux de l'intérieur de l'habitation dans tous les temps et chez tous les peuples. Racinet, Albert (1825-1893).

thekimonogallery: “ A lithograph plate showing Samurai warriors in a variety of different costumes, early century Japan, by Albert Racinet ”

Samurai Armour- Often, pre-steel armor was made out of boiled leather and paper laminate. So tough it could stop arrows, spear thrusts.

Samurai Armour- Often, pre-steel armor was made out of boiled leather and paper laminate. So tough it could stop arrows, spear thrusts.

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