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Kimbei Studios, Japanese
General, 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
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Purchase, Scripps Collectors' Circle
Accession Number: 2013.3.38

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.

In the lower right hand corner, the number 52 appears with the title.

hand-colored albumen print

Object Description
A studio portrait, this is one of the few vertical compositions in the album. In the center of the image, a man stands, dressed in traditional clothing, including a rather luxurious, long purple and gold robe worn over all. A fred an is tucked into his clothing. The hair of the subject is worn high, and the forehead is bereft of hair to the crown of the head. To the right, an immense bow stands, with a quiver of arrows; to the right, one sees a statue of an elephant on a pedestal. The subject looks to the viewer's right.

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