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A tattooed man

von Stillfried-Ratenicz, Franz, 1881, Photograph
A tattooed man
A tattooed man
A tattooed man
Category
Library Item
Item no
15117
Title
A tattooed man
Description
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.
Date
1881
Size
24 x 19.5 cm
Type
Location
Art and Design Library