This is a fine and rare original antique Japanese ambrotype photograph of a young man seated holding a wrapped package & document, c. mid to late 1880s. On the back of case is the man's name written in bold kanji, MIKAMI ROKUBEI. Plate exhibits fine clarity & tonality with some marks from the back cloth.
The ambrotype comes in a handcrafted polonia or kiri wood, full case (Berg 6-138, VR p. 460) with makers mark on the top, indicating an original matched case and cover. The image measures 2 .3 x 3.3 inches and the case is 3 x 4 inches. Both the ambrotype and case are in excellent condition.