Superb Ambrotype Photo of a Samurai Sharp, striking portrait
[Japan] A quite stunning glass ambrotype (wet plate collodion) photo portrait of a determined-looking samurai in formal dress sitting with his hands on his lap. This relatively large image was discovered in Miyagi prefecture so may have some connection to the Date clan. The 'studio' looks to have been set up without much thought given to aesthetics. The rug under his chair has been hastily placed, and the paper screen behind him (on his right) has a noticeable hole. One gets the impression this photo may have been taken in a hurry, yet, the image itself is superb.
12 x 8.8cm.
Photographer unknown. c1868.
In very good condition. The usual darkened area at some edges. Minor age wear. The photo was found without any box so a custom-made kiri (pawlonia wood) box has been professionally made for it. p33081033