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Kimbei Studios, Japanese
Buddhist Priests, 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: 2013.3.41


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 193 appears with the title. The number 193 also appears on the lower left.

Medium
hand-colored albumen print

Object Description
One of a small number of vertical compositions in the album, this work depicts two men, one kneeling on the left, the other standing at the right. Both wear traditional Japanese garments. The man on the left reads from a small book. His hair is shorn very short and he seems to be quite young. The man on the right holds his hands together and just below the chin, as if in prayer. He is older than the other figure, and his head is completely shorn of hair. He wears a highly decorated cape over his clothing. The cape is red, covered with golden flowers and leaves, in contrast to the more somber clothing of the younger man.

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