Picture of Samurai (komuso)

Japanese
19th century


Object Place: Japan

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

11.9222

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

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.

Provenance

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)

NOTES:
[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