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Kimbei Studios, Japanese
Sacred Bridge, Nikko, 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: 2013.3.9


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
The photo bears the number, 755.

Medium
hand-colored albumen print

Object Description
A river races over rocks in the foreground and runs toward a bridge, set in the lower middle of the photo. Trees and low cliffs line the river, while mountains are visible in the background. The bridge itself is composed of two major elements that span the river, one in unpainted wood, and the other in a vivid scarlet.

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