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Japan's famous warrior caste, the feudal samurai, is as well-known as the Western's medieval equivalent, the knight. However, these ferocious warriors are shrouded in secrecy to most European audiences, lending them an enigmatic mystique that has rarely been equaled in the West. Because of this, fine art depicting samurai is in high demand among collectors of Oriental artworks.

Paintings of samurai are done in the iconic stylization of Japan's traditional artwork. Since samurai were supposed to represent the masculine qualities of honor, ferocity, action, and uprightness, these representations of ancient warriors are painted using 'masculine' straight lines and angles. The 'feminine' partner of these paintings is the geisha, who are depicted with curving lines and collectors typically play these two opposites off of each other in their collections.
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Musashi Miyamoto with two Bokken (wooden quarterstaves) Fine-Art Print
Musashi Miyamoto with two Bokken (wooden quarterstaves)
 
8" x 10"
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Price: $24.99
Sale: $12.49
Samurai riding the waves on the backs of large crabs Fine-Art Print
Samurai riding the waves on the backs of large crabs
 
16" x 20"
+ Multiple Sizes
Price: $51.99
Sale: $25.99
Ashikaga Yoshihisa Samurai Fine-Art Print
Ashikaga Yoshihisa Samurai
 
18" x 24"
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Price: $60.99
Sale: $30.49
Samurai Armour Fine-Art Print
Samurai Armour
 
24" x 18"
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Price: $60.99
Sale: $30.49
Samurai In Black Fine-Art Print
Samurai In Black
 
11" x 24"
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Price: $46.99
Sale: $23.49
Samurai on horseback Fine-Art Print
Samurai on horseback
 
16" x 20"
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Price: $51.99
Sale: $25.99
Baba Nobufusa Samurai Fine-Art Print
Baba Nobufusa Samurai
 
8" x 10"
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Price: $24.99
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The suicide of Morozumi Masakiyo Fine-Art Print
The suicide of Morozumi Masakiyo
 
16" x 20"
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Price: $51.99
Sale: $25.99
Samurai Sun Fine-Art Print
Samurai Sun
 
24" x 18"
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Price: $60.99
Sale: $30.49
Oki no Jiro Hiroari killing a monstrous tengu Fine-Art Print
Oki no Jiro Hiroari killing a monstrous tengu
 
16" x 20"
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Price: $51.99
Sale: $25.99
Nasuno Yoichisamurai Fine-Art Print
Nasuno Yoichisamurai
 
10" x 8"
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Price: $24.99
Sale: $12.49
Samurai Blocking Bow and Arrows Fine-Art Print
Samurai Blocking Bow and Arrows
 
16" x 20"
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Price: $51.99
Sale: $25.99
Samurai in Battle Fine-Art Print
Samurai in Battle
 
18" x 24"
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Price: $60.99
Sale: $30.49
Yoshitoshi - 100 Aspects of the Moon Fine-Art Print
Yoshitoshi - 100 Aspects of the Moon
 
8" x 10"
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Price: $24.99
Sale: $12.49
Samurai 1880 Fine-Art Print
Samurai 1880
 
16" x 20"
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Price: $51.99
Sale: $25.99
Masuda Motoyoshi Fine-Art Print
Masuda Motoyoshi
 
13" x 24"
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Price: $50.99
Sale: $25.49
Iwasa Katsushige samurai Fine-Art Print
Iwasa Katsushige samurai
 
16" x 20"
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Price: $51.99
Sale: $25.99
Battle of the Samurai Fine-Art Print
Battle of the Samurai
 
18" x 24"
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Price: $60.99
Sale: $30.49
Akashi Gidayu writing his death poem before comitting Seppuku Fine-Art Print
Akashi Gidayu writing his death poem before comitting Seppuku
 
8" x 10"
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Price: $24.99
Sale: $12.49
Samurais on horseback Fine-Art Print
Samurais on horseback
 
24" x 18"
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Price: $60.99
Sale: $30.49
Samurai Riding a Horse Fine-Art Print
Samurai Riding a Horse
 
18" x 24"
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Price: $60.99
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The samurai Hanagami Danjo Fine-Art Print
The samurai Hanagami Danjo
 
16" x 20"
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Price: $51.99
Sale: $25.99
Lady Samurai Fine-Art Print
Lady Samurai
 
18" x 24"
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Price: $60.99
Sale: $30.49
Samurai Sketch Fine-Art Print
Samurai Sketch
 
18" x 24"
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Price: $60.99
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Yoshitsune with Benkei Fine-Art Print
Yoshitsune with Benkei
 
8" x 10"
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Price: $24.99
Sale: $12.49
Japanese archer 1878b Fine-Art Print
Japanese archer 1878b
 
20" x 16"
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Price: $51.99
Sale: $25.99
Night rain at Narumi Fine-Art Print
Night rain at Narumi
 
16" x 20"
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Price: $51.99
Sale: $25.99
Hon kozane dou-maru gusoku Fine-Art Print
Hon kozane dou-maru gusoku
 
8" x 10"
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Price: $24.99
Sale: $12.49
Samurai Running with Sword Fine-Art Print
Samurai Running with Sword
 
16" x 20"
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Price: $51.99
Sale: $25.99
Kinhyoshi yorin, Hero of the Suikoden Fine-Art Print
Kinhyoshi yorin, Hero of the Suikoden
 
18" x 24"
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Price: $60.99
Sale: $30.49
Samurai Blocking Bow and Arrows Fine-Art Print
Samurai Blocking Bow and Arrows
 
14" x 18"
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Price: $45.99
Sale: $22.99
Shosokawa Fine-Art Print
Shosokawa
 
12" x 20"
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Price: $43.99
Sale: $21.99
Samurai in Battle Fine-Art Print
Samurai in Battle
 
18" x 24"
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Price: $60.99
Sale: $30.49
Satsuma samurai during boshin war period Fine-Art Print
Satsuma samurai during boshin war period
 
10" x 8"
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Price: $24.99
Sale: $12.49
Samurai Guru Tokimune Fine-Art Print
Samurai Guru Tokimune
 
16" x 20"
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Price: $51.99
Sale: $25.99
Kuniyoshi Utagawa, Suikoden Series Fine-Art Print
Kuniyoshi Utagawa, Suikoden Series
 
8" x 10"
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Price: $24.99
Sale: $12.49
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The most iconic symbol of the samurai are the tools of their trade. The katana and traditional samurai armor are frequently worn by the subjects of samurai fine art. A samurai's armor consisted of leg armor, traditional Japanese sandals, a breastplate, and the iconic kabuki-style mask and helm. When samurai went into battle, they would wear these masks in order to frighten the enemy and cause them to lose courage. Because of this, many samurai wore vicious-looking helms that were designed to look like evil spirits. Fine art depicting samurai usually only have them wearing helms if the painting is of a battle, although the samurai are nearly always seen in their armor. There are exceptions to this however, such as if the samurai being drawn was in a state of dishonor or about to commit ritual suicide, known as seppuku, such as in the painting, 'Akashi Gidayu Writing His Death Poem' which portrays the disgraced warrior as a man with no armor.

Samurai art can also serve as an aesthetically pleasing counterpoint to circular decor. Their naturally vivid colors are used liberally. Reds, blues, golds, and blacks are typically put on a background of beige or brown paper which allows them a surprising amount of versatility among retro designers.
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