The J. Paul Getty Museum

Samurai with Raised Sword

Object Details

Title:

Samurai with Raised Sword

Artist/Maker:

Felice Beato (English, born Italy, 1832 - 1909)

Culture:

English

Place:

Japan (Place Created)

Date:

1863

Medium:

Albumen silver print

Object Number:

2007.26.155

Dimensions:

26.1 × 22.2 cm (10 1/4 × 8 3/4 in.)

Credit Line:

Partial gift from the Wilson Centre for Photography

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Object Description

The Bakumatsu period marked the end of the samurai military class. Following the restoration of imperial rule in 1868, domains governed by feudal lords and their samurai were replaced by modern prefectures administrated by governors. The traditional class system was abolished, including such rituals as sword carrying and styles such as the traditional topknot, a haircut featuring a partially shaved head with the remaining hair pulled into a small ponytail.

Provenance
Provenance
1988 - 2007

The Wilson Centre for Photography, sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 2007.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Felice Beato: A Photographer on the Eastern Road (December 7, 2010 to May 6, 2012)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), December 7, 2010 to April 24, 2011
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (Chiyoda-Kn, Tokyo), March 6 to May 6, 2012