Leading to the Temple

Leading to the Temple by Mortimer Menpes. 1901. Watercolor. Source: Japan: A Record in Colour, facing p. 38. [Click on the image to enlarge it.]

Menpes depicts an impressive entrance with tall stone lanterns either side, but what stands out here are the great hangings with the bold white flowers on a red background, with a gold tassel in the middle. This must be one of the larger temples (or shrines). A few people look curiously towards the sketcher! — Jacqueline Banerjee

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Menpes, Dorothy. Japan: A Record in Colour. London: Adam & Charles Black, 1901. Internet Archive version of a copy in the University of California Libraries. Web. 22 June 2019.

Created 22 June 2019