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Portrait of Okyogenshi Performer
270 x 210mm
Images and text courtesy of Terry Bennett (Old Japan - www.old-japan.co.uk - 1015117)
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).