A family portrait in front of a painted fabric backdrop.
Everyone is traditionally clad in striking kimonos. The woman on the left smiles and reveals her purposefully blackened teeth. This practice, called "Ohagura," has been prevalent in Japan for centuries, and was often associated with a young woman's coming-of-age, or a married woman's status. It was considered both aesthetically pleasing and beneficial for oral health.
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Medium Ambrotype in original kiri wood case
Photo Date c. 1870
Dimensions 4.25 x 3.25 in. (108 x 83 mm)
Photo Country Japan
Photographer Country Japan
Charles Schwartz Ltd.