Collection: Samurai

From the 9th to the 19th century, the Japanese artists who crafted samurai armor grew ever more skilled. They created swords, suits of armor, and helmets that were effective and efficient, as well as beautiful works of art decorated with silk, rayskin, gold, lacquer, and unique Japanese metal alloys. Their designs reflected the mythology of the samurai warrior, rooted in the bushido, the strict samurai code of conduct emphasizing a simple life, honor, and unwavering loyalty to their feudal lords. As their power grew militarily, samurai life embraced culture, poetry, and the arts, and their arms and armor reflected this melding of fierce warrior with refined intellect.