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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
Category
Library Item
Item no
15142
Title
Young woman playing the koto
Description
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.
Date
1881
Size
19.5 x 24 cm
Type
Location
Art and Design Library