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Kimbei Kusakabe, Japanese, (1841–1934)
Kimbei Studios, Japanese
Temple Gate at Shiba Tokio, c. 1890
Photographic materials and colors on paper
8 1/4 x 10 1/4 in. (20.96 x 26.04 cm)


Object Type: Photography
Technique: Photography
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Purchase, Scripps Collectors' Circle
Accession Number: 2013.3.5


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.

Medium
hand-colored albumen print

Object Description
This view shows the entrance to the temple, viewed at an angle, with its sumptuous decoration, vivid colors and ornate carvings.

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