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Jinrikishia

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Kimbei Kusakabe, Japanese, (1841–1934)
Kimbei Studios, Japanese
Jinrikishia, 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: 2013.3.50


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 65 appears with the title.

Medium
hand-colored albumen print

Object Description
On a sandy expanse, and before rows of pine trees drawing the eye to the background, are four figures. Two are men, wearing traditional Japanese clothing - large, round straw hats and jackets. The man on the right pulls a rickshaw and its two passengers, two girls, also in traditional Japanese clothing.

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