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Kimbei Studios, Japanese
Freight Cart, 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: 2013.3.49


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 84 appears with the title.

Medium
hand-colored albumen print

Object Description
A wooden cart and its massive spoked wheel dominate this composition. Atop the cart are containers, each marked with calligraphic symbols in bold colors. The cart is being pulled by two people in the front, and pushed by two at the back, all dressed in traditional Japanese garments. An outdoor scene, trees line the midground of the composition, as do bamboo fences.

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