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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 - - 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). 

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