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Media: oil paint on linen
Size: 53x33 cm
This is a portrait of Satohana, a maiko (apprentice geisha) from the Kamishichiken district of Kyoto, Japan. When a girl is accepted to begin training to become a geisha, the first few years she is referred to as a maiko, meaning “dance child”. After a few years of intense training in the art of dancing, tea ceremony, conversation, shamisen playing, and other skills, a ceremony is held, known as "erikae" (turning of the collar) when the maiko finally becomes a geisha.