Japanese Paper Lanterns - Japan, circa 1895 Photographer:
Attributed to Sashichi Ogawa Ref:
Used as a source of light since the 11th century, Japanese paper lanterns also served a prominent place in Japanese history as decoration, in festivals and as a votive offering to Buddha. This studio image, with colors hand painted on the original albumen print, shows three generations of lantern makers preparing for one of the great lantern festivals. Attributed to the photographer Sashichi Ogawa, this image was sold out of his studio in Yokohama to 19th century travelers who collected photographic albums as souvenirs of their voyages.