21 Nov 2013


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Hand-coloured albumen print photograph entitled Samurai, taken by Felice Beato and Charles Wirgman, c. 1865. Published in Photographic Views of Japan in 1867.

The subject of the portrait has his sword already started from its sheath in a ready-to-draw position, and his eyes and the expression on his face reinforce the pose. The subject’s natural pose of incipient violence reminds one of the readiness of a goshawk standing tiptoe on the branch or the lion crouched in the grass ready to charge. He has the same predator’s eye.

Hat tip to Madame Scherzo.

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Dan Kurt

Your analysis may need revision as the bloke is holding a fan in his sword hand. I would think he would have a problem grabbing the Katana, no?

Dan Kurt


He can drop that fan.


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