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Japanese Samurai with Sword in Western Dress 
1867 (ca) 
  
Ambrotype 
4.25 x 3.25 in (108 x 83 mm) 
  
Charles Schwartz Ltd 
 
LL/23099 
  
This extremely rare, iconic image was made at the end of the Bakumatsu Period a time of great social upheaval, when Japan began to make its transition from feudal to modern society. The sitter's new (and yet discordantly Western-style) uniform and Samurai sword indicate a personage of high rank. Samurais fighting for the soon-to-be-installed Meiji government which would eventually outlaw their caste were called "reformed Samurai." 
 

 
  
 
  
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