Samurai dollJapan, 1870P88.210
Samurai doll
Japan, 1870

Unique Footwear

Samurai Footwear

Beginning in the 12th century, powerful families established huge estates and a feudal system emerged. The samurai or military class came to power at this time reducing the emperor to a mere figurehead. These samurai shoes are called tsuranuki. They are made of bear fur, which symbolizes the intrinsic ferocity, strength and courage of a samurai warrior. The samurai ruled Japan until 1868 when the Meiji emperor was restored to power.