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Kimbei Kusakabe, Japanese, (1841–1934)
Kimbei Studios, Japanese
Bamboo Grove, 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: 2013.3.51


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 238 appears with the title.

Medium
hand-colored albumen print

Object Description
Towering stands of bamboo both left and right, and the fences that run parallel to the bamboo, pull the eye back along a wide dirt path, to two figures on the right. The viewers' gaze meets that of an elderly woman, dressed in traditional Japanese clothing. Next to her stands an elderly man, also in traditional clothing. He holds a staff, she, a broom. Farther back and to the right of the path , two children, also dressed in the clothing of an earlier era, face the viewer. Another figure stands behind them, drawing the eye deeper into the composition.

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