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70601-0023 - Mother and Child in Kago


Studio Meiji 1890s Unknown
Group portrait of a mother and child in a kago (palanquin) carried by two bearers. The bearers have traditional hairstyles and wear loin cloths, straw hats and straw sandals. They are holding ikizue (breath sticks) to regulate their breathing while walking.

A kago is a palanquin suspended by a single crossbeam which is carried by two men. A cushion was used to absorb shocks. The sides were usually left open, but could also be encased by screens.

This form of transportation was very popular in Japan until it was replaced by the jinrikisha (rickshaw) in the late 19th century.
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