Fujiyama from Tagonoura Tokaido, c. 1890
Photographic materials and colors on paper
8 1/4 x 10 1/4 in. (21 x 26 cm)
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 886 appears with the title.
hand-colored albumen print
In the foreground, on the left, a man in traditional Japanese dress crouches at the bank of a body of water that stretches through the work, under a bridge that spans the water and beyond. Wooden boats bob at the left, along the edge of the water. Trees line both sides of the water, and in the distance, Mt. Fujiyama rises up, pastel blue and snowy white.
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