Early photography - Life in Meiji Japan in colour
Japan - Early Photography
Album with finely coloured prints.
Item ID 73392
Japan, Meiji period [1862-1912]. Concertino album with 56 pages with frames (18.0 x 12.0 x 4.5 cm), each containing a different, original photo. Patterned silk covered boards with bevelled edges.
This book contains photos of geishas, musicians, temples, ceremonies, landscapes, etc., each carefully coloured by hand in an attractive, natural way. Female beauty is prominently present. Images crisp, colouring accurate, a few photos with light fading; a few margins lightly soiled, with a few smudges, but generally clean. A unique item.