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Kimbei Kusakabe, Japanese, (1841–1934)
Kimbei Studios, Japanese
Pack Horse, 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: 2013.3.52

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 283 appears with the title.

hand-colored albumen print

Object Description
A middle-aged man standing next to a small horse dominate the composition of this piece. He stands on the left, dressed in traditional Japanese clothing. To his left (but to the viewer's right) stands the horse, head drooping, ears up. It is loaded down with large bundles. Looking downward, the viewer sees that its rope "shoes" have been tied to its hooves. A thatched wooden building is located behind the pair, with a child looking out of the window. A small group stands to the right, in the background as well.

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