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Unidentified photographer 
Portrait of Okyogenshi Performer 
1875 (ca) 
  
Albumen print 
270 x 210mm 
  
Old Japan 
Images and text courtesy of Terry Bennett (Old Japan - www.old-japan.co.uk - 1015117) 
  
 
LL/9208 
  
The Okyogenshi were women actors who performed the roles of men. They were an exclusive group of entertainers led by a lady called Bando Mitsue in the mid 19th century. Contemporary hand-written German inscription below image reads: 'Japanische Tangerin' (Japanese dancer). 
 

 
  
 
  
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