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Kioto Dancing Girl by Kusakabe Kimbei 1880s. This hand-coloured albumen photograph shows a maiko (apprentice geisha) from Kyoto dressed in an elaborate dove motif kimono.

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I chose this photo because the make-up was one of the most simple I found--almost entirely white. In our culture that would usually stand for purity and innocence, but in Chinese Opera it stands for evil.