Geisha are not courtesans, and we’re not wives. We sell our skills, not our bodies. We create another secret world, a place only of beauty. The very word “geisha” means artist, and to be a geisha is to be judged as a moving work of art.
This traditional-style ancestor portrait depicts the mother of the Qianlong emperor's first empress. The rich tone and brilliance of some colors—especially the gold dragons—had been enhanced by applying pigments to the back and front of the painting