THE OCTOPUS -- A Japanese Fisherman Struggels for his Life
A highly detailed sculpture by an unknown Japanese artist. Photographed by Kimbei Kusakabe.
Listed in Kimbei's 1893 Catalog as image number 322.
Scanned from the original hand-colored albumen print.
[NOTE: Due to the caption and number being trimmed off in prints found in many collections, the above photo has been mistakenly attributed to Kozaburo Tamamura and others. However, I was able to verify the KIMBEI title and number on an early 1880s print that still had the original data attached, which also matched the title and number in Kimbei's printed catalog of commercial albumen prints. It can't get any more settled than that.]
The skill of Japanese craftsmen is evident in all that they do. Date of sculpture unknown, but was photographed ca 1880-90s. The image was also published in Boston by the Millet Company in 1897....tipped into their BRINKLEY sets of JAPAN - DESCRIBED AND ILLUSTRATED BY THE JAPANESE, as a real albumen 8" x 10" photograph.
日下部 金兵衛 (1841 - 1934)
IMPORTANT PHOTO NOTE : Like all of the old 19th Century images on my photostream, the original photo used to make the above post is in the PUBLIC DOMAIN. I have restored color balance to the "Fresh Albumen Print" values of 120 years ago, and removed some foxing and other scars of time. This restored version is TOTALLY FREE FOR YOU TO RE-BLOG... OR TO DECORATE YOUR WEBSITE WITH... OR TO PRINT OUT FOR YOUR ARTSY CRAFTY THINGS.
Please note that Kimbei was only the photographer. He was NOT THE SCULPTOR of this fine work of art..