We know the identity of this modest woman, who hides her hands from the camera’s view, from an inscription on the case (directly under the glass plate) that gives her name and age: “Murai Chiju, age 34 and 8 months.”
A red studio stamp on the inside of the case lid reads: “Dai Nihon, omi no kuni, Otsu Ishikawa-cho, Shashin-shi Fujisugi Masaaki.” Translation: “Japan (“Dai” is an honorific term for Japan), in the area of Otsu (Shiga Prefecture), Ishikawa town; photographer Fujisugi Masaaki.”
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Medium Ambrotype, 1/4 plate in Original Kiri-wood case
Photo Date November 10,1888 Print Date 1888
Dimensions 4 x 3 in. (102 x 76 mm)
Photo Country Japan
Photographer Country Japan
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