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Kango Bearers

Felice Beatoabout 1868

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Focusing on traditional Japanese life, Beato offered a rare visual record of the last years of feudal Japan before modernization began in the Meiji period in 1871. The kango was then a popular mode of transportation. It was replaced by the rickshaw, a two-wheeled cart pulled by a runner, in the early 1870s.

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  • Title: Kango Bearers
  • Creator: Felice Beato
  • Date: about 1868
  • Location Created: Japan
  • Physical Dimensions: 19.5 x 25.5 cm (7 11/16 x 10 1/16 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Hand-colored albumen silver print
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Partial gift from the Wilson Centre for Photography
  • Object Type: Print
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 2007.26.201.5
  • Inscription: Recto (mount): upper right edge, in pencil, "05"; lower center below image, in pencil, "Beato [space] Costumes of the Japanese [space] Palanquin [space] Plate 05"
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Photographs
  • Culture: British
  • Credit Line: Partial gift from the Wilson Centre for Photography
  • Classification: Photographs


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