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Kimbei Studios, Japanese
Wind Costume, 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
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Purchase, Scripps Collectors' Circle
Accession Number: 2013.3.36

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 16 appears with the title.

hand-colored albumen print

Object Description
Unlike most of the works in the album, this is a vertical composition. It is a studio image. A woman in traditional dress stands in the foreground, on what appears to be a grassy hillock. Behind her, there is a gray backdrop, covered with fine, light lines and dots. The top of the background is very dark, as if to signify a stormy sky. She wears a floral kimono, and the wind has blown it upward, exposing a red velvet skirt beneath. She holds a large, open umbrella close to her head, shielding her from the wind. She is slightly bent into the wind as well. The woman's gaze is downward and to the viewer's right, her expression serious.

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