Picture of Samurai (komuso)

19th century

Object Place: Japan


Height x width: 30 3/16 x 6 7/16 in. (76.6 x 16.3 cm)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk, ink; plain-weave, hand drawn paste resist-dyed and painted (yûzen)

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Silk panel with partial image of a male figure in green, pink, tan, black and reddish-orange, created by the yûzen technique, mounted with a gold border and wood frame. The subject is of a masterless samurai (komuso) in the Ukiyo-e style painting.


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911)

[1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection