Japanese ambrotypes unlike in the West were quite popular until the turn the end of the 19th century. Due to the high costs of albumen paper and studio overhead, Japanese photographers resorted to using makeshift studios, usually outdoors called shajo. By using the readily available resources of glass, kiri wood (paulownia) cases, and silver compounds, the low costs made photography much more available to the general public. Since these ambrotypes could be easily produced at a low cost, they became the domain of photography for common Japanese from the 1870s to early 1900s. These types of photographs differ greatly from those intended for the foreign tourist trade. Therefore, Japanese ambrotypes hold important social significance. The Japanese term for ambrotypes is "shuppan shashin", but in more modern times are simply called "gurasu shashin" or glass photo.

Image: wealthy boy with topknot hair, holding umbrella, 1877.
Item #: AMB-035
Artist: Unattributed
Date: 1877
Price: ¥75,000 JY
Description: charming mini ambrotype, about ninth plate size, complete case, inscribed.
Image: two men with fans, elaborately painted props, topknot hair.
Item #: AMB-052
Artist: Unattributed
Date: 1876
Price: ¥95,000 JY
Description: mini ambrotype, about one eigth size, inscribed.
Image: man in winter dress with tobacco pouch, wearing fur hat.
Item #: AMB-009
Artist: Unattributed
Date: 1880s
Price: ¥35,000 JY
Description: sixth plate ambroype minus case lid.
Image: three generations of Suzuki family in summer dress, Asakusa Park, Tokyo.
Item #: AMB-050
Artist: Unattributed
Date: 1890
Price: ¥40,000 JY
Description: sixth plate ambroype minus case lid, inscribed.
Image: portrait of brothers Tomokichi and Kokichi Mori.
Item #: AMB-016
Artist: Unattributed
Date: 1891
Price: ¥25,000 JY
Description: quarter plate ambroype minus case lid.
Image: mother and child, girl wearing hat, plant on table.
Item #: AMB-010
Artist: Unattributed
Date: 1880s
Price: ¥20,000 JY
Description: sixth plate ambroype minus case lid.
Image: father with straw hat, posed with daughter.
Item #: AMB-051
Artist: Unattributed
Date: 1880s
Price: ¥20,000 JY
Description: sixth plate ambroype minus case lid.
 
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