Geisha playing shamisen 三味線
Hand coloured albumen print
D. 20 x 25,5 cm or 7 7/8 x 10 1/4 in
This photograph is a very beautiful portrait of a woman taken in a studio and hand coloured.
The woman is most certainly a Geisha 芸者 due to the fact that she plays shamisen 三味線. This instrument literally means “three fragrant strings”. It is played only sitting down, is plucked strings and has a square-shaped sound box.
Learning the shamisen is essential in the education of Geisha.
Photograph in very good condition.