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Kimbei Studios, Japanese
Snow Costume, 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: 2013.3.35


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
In the lower right hand corner, the number 86 appears with the title.

Medium
hand-colored albumen print

Object Description
Unlike most of the works in the album, this is a vertical composition. It is a studio image. A woman in traditional dress stands in the foreground, in what appears to be snow. Behind her, there is a plain backdrop. The woman wears high wooden sandals that keep her feet out of the snow. She wears a long, dark, wide-sleeved coat, fastened with bright pink frog fasteners. Her head is covered with a light gray scarf. Her face is framed by the dark umbrella she holds. To her right is a rustic wooden fence and a bit of a pine tree; to her right, a pile of wood with a dusting of snow on top. The woman's gaze is to the viewer's left, her expression serious.

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