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Kimbei Studios, Japanese
Untitled (Woman in Kimono with Tea), 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: 2013.3.37

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.

The number 178 has been written in black at the lower right hand corner.

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 Japanese dress stands in center and in the foreground. She wears a blue kimono with floral designs; her hair is worn up. Behind her, there is a wall or backdrop. To the left, the viewer sees a stove with a teapot set upon it. A brush and paper are at the lower left. To the right, is a simple stand with what may be a tray. The woman's gaze is not directed at the viewer, but to the viewer's left. She seems abstracted, her expression serious.

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