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Young woman playing the koto

von Stillfried-Ratenicz, Franz, 1881, Photograph
Young woman playing the koto
Young woman playing the koto
Young woman playing the koto
Young woman playing the koto
Library Item
15142
Young woman playing the koto
A young woman kneels on a tatami mat whilst she plays the koto, a stringed musical instrument. She is wearing a blue kimono with a blue and white design in the shape of waves, and a yellow obi (Japanese sash) decorated with blue, green and red details. Her hair is fastened with a simple golden ornament.
The picture was taken indoors in the photographer's studio. In the background are a 'shoji' (paper wall) and a white screen decorated with small vertical pictures and a hand fan.
The photograph has been hand tinted with great care; her lips and cheeks have been delicately coloured, as well as her garment and the koto. The rest of the photograph has been left in black and white.
1881
19.5 x 24 cm
Art and Design Library