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A tattooed man

von Stillfried-Ratenicz, Franz, 1881, Photograph
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A tattooed man
A tattooed man
A tattooed man
A tattooed man
Library Item
15117
A tattooed man
A man leans against painted white boards with his back to the camera. He is wearing a loincloth and his hair is worn in the 'chonmage' style (shaven on top and with a topknot at the back). He has a large tattoo on his back coloured with blue and red ink. The image represents a man wearing clothes with complicated geometrical designs and holding a short sword ('wakizashi'). A careful observation of the picture shows that the original tattoo, barely visible under the colour, had a slightly different pattern.
The lines on the wooden boards have been underlined with ink and the background is completely neutral. Only the man's lips and tattoo are coloured.
1881
24 x 19.5 cm
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