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Photos of 19th century Samurai

The word samurai has origins in the pre-Heian period, being derived from the classical Japanese verbsaburau, meaning to serve or attend. It was not until the early modern period, namely the Azuchi-Momoyama period and early Edo period of the late 16th and early 17th centuries that the word saburai became replaced with samurai.