This colour lithograph shows Koiku of the Shitaya geisha district in Tokyo as a young geisha holding her pet cat. The lithograph is captioned 藝妓 (geigi) 小幾 (Koiku).
“… Koiku was the most beautiful geisha in Shitaya. And yet all Kojima did was eat the kinton which this beautiful geisha had carried in for him. Now Koiku is the wife of a famous politician belonging to a certain party.” Text and image via Blue Ruin 1 on Flickr
Via Flickr: This is a large format Albumen photograph from around 1900, so it has great clarity and good resolution. As per usual, there are a few anomalies with the hand colouring, such as the Geiko’s Eri (inside collar) being painted blue when it should be white and the Maiko’s Kushi (hair comb) being painted pink when it is obviously made of tortoiseshell.