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Great Gate, Nikko

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Kimbei Studios, Japanese
Great Gate, Nikko, c. 1890
Photographic materials and colors on paper
8 1/4 x 10 1/4 in. (21 x 26 cm)


Object Type: Photography
Technique: Photography
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Purchase, Scripps Collectors' Circle
Accession Number: 2013.3.12


Commentary
This work is one of 50 hand-colored albumen prints of protraits and scenes of Japanese life.

Content : Gilt-edge leaves are tabbed into album with lacquer boards and leather spine, with the title, "Japan," in gold. Front cover has hand-painted and inlaid scene of a man pulling a rickshaw in which a woman with an umbrella is seated. Both wear traditional garb. Inlays are of ivory. Back cover is painted with the images of a dragonfly, cricket, praying mantis, butterfly and another winged insect, possibly a bee. End papers and doublure are of imitation moire.

Content : Views are numbered with Arabic numerals in negative.

Marks
This photo bears the number, 769

Medium
hand-colored albumen print

Object Description
The viewer's gaze is drawn over a courtyard or common covered in stones to a magnificent gate, which is in placed a little to the right of the center of the work. On the two sides visible in this photo, the edifice is covered with ornate carvings. The roof is equally decorative, curved and carved underneath, gabled, and with sweeping, tiled surfaces. Other, buildings stand nearby, none as richly decorated. The vantage point of the photo is such that the gate seems to be the tallest building.

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