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Kamaitachi no. 8

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  • Title (object)

    • Kamaitachi no. 8
  • Description

    Photograph. Hijikata Tatsumi performing Butoh 'anti-ballet' in the landscape of northern Japan. Signed on verso by artist.

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  • Date

    • 1968 (original photography)
    • 2006 (printed)
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 30.5 centimetres
    • Width: 20.3 centimetres
  • Exhibition history


    2008 Jun-Oct 10, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from Prehistory to the Present'
    2011 Oct - 2012 Feb, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from Prehistory to the Present

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    30 May 2008

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    Treatment details

    Mount - Overthrow - R

    Object mounted into a 4 ply Royal overthrow mount using 100% Heritage cotton museum board and hinged with Japanese paper and Culminal (non ionic cellulose ether).

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