While Europe was enveloped in the Middle Ages of kings, queens, and war, Japan was undergoing its Feudal era, a time that is now typically seen as Japan's 'medieval period'. Many great figures came out of this period, including the samurai and ninja that Japan is so well-known for, and at Medieval Collectibles, we pay homage to these figures in our Oriental Statues section. Two groups of warriors are featured prominently here, and it was these two groups who helped to define the history of Japan. Our samurai statues depict these devoted and almost legendary warriors in a variety of poses and styles. Many of our samurai are true to their historical counterparts, possessing the classic armor of the Japanese warrior, as well as the weapons, including the katana wielding samurai who mastered kenjutsu (or the technique of the sword) and the bow-wielding samurai who mastered kyujutsu (the technique of the bow). Of course, we also feature Japan's other legendary warrior, the shinobi, in a variety of impressive ninja statues, which depict these fearsome shadow warriors in a variety of positions wielding a variety of weapons, including the katana, the tanto, the kama, the shuriken, the sai, and the grappling hook. If the time is right, you might even find a few figurines from Japanese myth here, too! Of course, Oriental statues don't just include those of Japanese styling, so from time to time you'll find other statues from other Oriental cultures, including, on occasion, figures from Chinese history and myth. For some, the Feudal Era of Japan was one of the most interesting periods of history...and for those who align themselves with the Japanese warrior and all their might, these Oriental Statues are great decoration and a great gift to give to all those who share an interest in oriental culture and history.
Ninja were masters of combat; in many ways, their dedication to the art of combat parallels closely with the samurai. A ninja was expected to be a master of many weapons, and our Katana Ninja Statue demonstrates this.
For all their fabled skill, the battles between samurai were no less harsh or different than battles between knights in Europe. This Battling Samurai Warriors Statue depicts two samurai, fully armored, as they clash and lock blades during a conflict.
The sword was an important part of the samurai life, serving very much as a badge of office and a pledge of loyalty. Often, it was considered to be a part of his very soul, and this Way of the Sword Samurai Statue shows how one warrior respects his blade.
The act of drawing a sword, to the samurai, was very important. They had martial arts devoted entirely to it! This Drawing Samurai Warrior Statue depicts one such moment, when the samurai begins to unsheathe his blade so that he might enter into combat.
The daisho pair, consisting of the katana and the wakizashi, was long a companion to all Samurai...but it was Miyamoto Musashi who pioneered the use of two swords at once, a concept demonstrated for all to see in this Nito Ichi Samurai Warrior Statue.
One stroke of the sword is sometimes all a warrior needs. This Downstroke Samurai Warrior Statue depicts one of Japans legendary elite at the end of his attack, sword brought swiftly down...leaving any enemies that he might have faced defeated and gone.
Few elements from Japanese culture have pervaded common culture so extensively as the geisha, the traditional female hostess and entertainer. The Parasol Geisha Statue displays one elegant lady with her parasol.
Few elements from Japanese culture have pervaded common culture so extensively as the geisha, the traditional female hostess and entertainer. The Fan Dance Geisha Statue displays one elegant lady mid-motion in dance.
Few elements from Japanese culture have pervaded common culture so extensively as the geisha, the traditional female hostess and entertainer. The Japanese Geisha Statue displays one such figure in her elegant garb.