A rare vintage photograph of an onna-bugeisha, one of the female warriors of the upper social classes in feudal Japan. Often mistakenly referred to as “female samurai”, female warriors have a long history in Japan, beginning long before samurai emerged as a warrior class. via @francescapeach
Century Wakizashi. Amazing blue and golden lacquered decoration on the katana's saya. A well proportion Habaki as well as an excellent engraving job on it. Distinct Hamon as well as yokote for identifying it's artisan.
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