Beato favored the hand-coloring technique for his series on domestic Japanese society. Full-length portraits, made in the studio or outdoors against a neutral background, isolated the sitters from their immediate environment and focused on their costumes and traditions. Tinting and vignetting around the image enhanced its painterly quality. This image and the one at left show the traditional armored costume of the samurai, the soldier of noble class who served the powerful rulers of Japan.


  • Title: Koboto Santaro
  • Creator: Felice Beato
  • Date Created: negative 1863; print 1868
  • Location Created: Japan
  • Physical Dimensions: 23.4 × 18 cm (9 3/16 × 7 1/16 in.)
  • Type: Print
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Hand-colored albumen silver print
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 2007.26.163
  • Culture: English
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Partial gift from the Wilson Centre for Photography
  • Creator Display Name: Felice Beato (English, born Italy, 1832 - 1909)
  • Classification: Photographs (Visual Works)

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