Pilgrim Going Up Fujiyama, c. 1890
Photographic materials and colors on paper
8 1/4 x 10 1/4 in. (21 x 26 cm)
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 1 appears with the title.
hand-colored albumen print
Unlike most of the works in the album, this is a vertical composition. It is a studio image. In the center of the work stands a man, wearing the traditional clothing of a pilgrim. He wears a wide-brimmed hat and carries a staff in his left hand. He stands on what appears to be a path outdoors, bordered by plants. Thatched cottages and Mt Fuji are depicted on a backdrop behind the subject. His gaze is not directed at the viewer, but to the viewer's left. He seems abstracted, his expression serious.
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