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Playing Samisen Tsudzumi & Taiko

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Kimbei Studios, Japanese
Playing Samisen Tsudzumi & Taiko, 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: 2013.3.43


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 23 appears with the title. The number 104 also appears on the lower left.

Medium
hand-colored albumen print

Object Description
In this studio photo, three girls are arranged in a half circle around the center of the composition, on a red mat. They are dressed in traditional Japanese garments, decorated with floral patterns, and wearing their hair up. Each appears to play an instrument. Only the girl in the center seems to meet the viewer's gaze.

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