Use of Toshidama seals?? Re: Kunichika

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Posted by Peter Gallagher on November 07, 2002 at 23:51:51:

In Reply to: Re: Kunichika - could somebody ID this print please? posted by Hans Olof Johansson on November 05, 2002 at 11:50:00:

Hi Hans Olof,
thanks VERY much for the reply ! A great pleasure to see the triptych in it's entirety! Nice also to see my panel's been only barely trimmed.

Apologies for this late reply - I hope it doesn'e seem ungrateful, but apart from anything else, I had some difficulty with the link. I could only eventually get it to work under an old version of Netscape. I don't see why my declining to load the offered Japanese Text Display Support meant the graphics wouldn't load under IE, but I see that as a flaw of the MS-product :7

I'm curious why two of the panels have a Toshidama seal accompanying the signature and one (mine) doesn't. I'd have thought perhaps the left panel was from a differebnt issue, were it not for the apparent wormhole common to all three panels.

Actually - I don't know what the use or significance of a Toshidama seal is. Was it more than whimsical adornment? I have see them used in poetry cartouches, where they were seemingly scattered randomly... and of course: some artists used a Toshidama-shaped signature-cartouche (e.g. Kunisada).

Again - many thanks,
Best regards,

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