Temple Shiba , c. 1890
Photographic materials and colors on paper
8 1/4 x 10 1/4 in. (20.96 x 26.04 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.
hand-colored albumen print
This view shows the entrance to the temple, with its sumptuous decoration, vivid colors and ornate carvings. Five men, dressed in traditional garb, stand before the doorway, and another sits to the left, his back to the viewer, on the steps before them.
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