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Kimbei Kusakabe, Japanese, (1841–1934)
Kimbei Studios, Japanese
Dancing Party, 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: 2013.3.44

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 123 appears with the title.

hand-colored albumen print

Object Description
In this studio photo, three young women, or girls, are arranged in two rows: in the back row, three girls stand, posed as if in the middle of a dance. At each end of the front row, two of the young women hold stringed instruments. The two in the center of the front row squat, holding hands, one arm crossed over the other. All of the young women are dressed in traditional Japanese garments and their hair is up in a bun. Only three of the seven gaze at the viewer; the rest look elsewhere. A decorative screen stands at the right and left of the scene.

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