MATERIAL: Photography (Ambrotype)
TYPE: Photographs (loose)
DIMENSIONS: 2 3/4 X 3 3/4 inches
COMPONENTS: ambrotype portrait, no case
CONDITION: The ambrotype exhibits fine clarity & tonality and is in nice shape for the age.
ITEM ID: 1922
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Portrait of Former Samurai

DATE
Decade: 1870s
Century: 19th (1801-1900)

Japanese ambrotype portrait of a former Samurai with chonmage (Top-not). Since the passing of the Haitorei Edict, at this time Samurai were prohibited from carrying swords. In a form of quiet protest they would sometimes hold an umbrella in the place of a sword.

Scholar Peter Kornicki commented that the script says that, “Somebody called Masajirō who was 21 in 1865 (when the photo was taken?); written in 1885.”