Re: Unidentified archaic print (#1)


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Posted by Andrew Watanabe on September 18, 2002 at 02:20:20:

In Reply to: Re: Unidentified archaic print (#1) posted by Noel Chiappa on September 15, 2002 at 19:22:17:

Hi Noel,

I was relying on a Japanese source book that reproduces several Moronobu books in full. The title of the book is "Nihon fuzoku zukai", and it's one of a proposed series of 12 on old books, but they only seem to have made 4 books before the project went belly up.

In characters, iwaki is spelled "boulder" + "tree" but the meaning is surely not this. Edo kanji were used phoenetically in titles quite often, and can't be read only according to the meaning of the characters.


: > Posted by Andrew Watanabe on September 15, 2002 at 04:24:18:

: > This is definitely a design by Moronobu, from the picture book Iwaki
: > etsukushi.

: Ah, thanks very much for that.

: Due to the dearth of reference books about early ukiyo-e in my library, I
: wasn't able to find out much about Iwaki etsukushi, other than a brief
: mention that it dates from 1683. Does anyone happen to know anything else
: about it?

: Also, without the kanji I wasn't able to translate 'iwaki' - does anyone know
: which of the possible likely meanings ("celebration, festival"; "festive poem
: or song"; "festive dress"; "congratulatory gift") applies?

:
: > I can't say if it is an original print though. .. the black pigments
: > look rather flat, without the rich luster of an early printing.

: Well, that could be - I am informed that it was described as "perhaps late".
: I suppose the only way to know if it's the original blocks would be to
: compare the full-size image (given below) with a known early original. Does
: anyone have access to one?

: Noel




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