Re: Signatures & stamp on ukiyo-e

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Posted by Dick Street on October 08, 2002 at 18:07:09:

In Reply to: Re: Signatures & stamp on ukiyo-e posted by Dick Street on October 08, 2002 at 18:00:08:

You could start here too:

: You're probably looking at the cartouches and seals on a late ukiyo-e print. Some of the seals you may find: the artist's signature, the artist's seal, the publisher's seal, the carver's seal, the printer's seal, a date seal, a censor seal (or seals) and then perhaps also the title of the print, a subtitle and perhaps also (as you suggest) a poem.

: What combination of these possible seals and writing appears on your print can't be answered without a scan of your print. You could do the work yourself though with a good book. Might I suggest Richard Lane's Images from the Floating World? It has a great dictionary in the back that might answer some of your questions.

: : What is the meaning of the various signatures you find on prints?
: : On my ukiyo-e I find: witin the print 1./ A poem upper right corner in white field and behind this white field another field in red with kanji letters, and still within the print 2./ two vertical stamps in whtie and red. Outside of the printframe there is on left side a stamp in white and on right side two stamps in kanji (looks like a comment rahter than just a name stamp or seal).
: : Question I have : Are all these stamps and poems of the producer, or of various people (producer, literate, owners?). And if so, is there a rule to define in general which stamp can be attributed to producer, oweners etc.?? Thanks.

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