Re: information on seals and signatures

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Posted by Hans Olof Johansson on December 08, 1997 at 10:19:00:

In Reply to: information on seals and signatures posted by Dieter Wanczura on December 06, 1997 at 12:04:14:

: I am looking for a book or for an Internet source that lists the signatures and seals, especially the date seals of Japanese woodblock prints. I have already found the Akitu Gallery site, which is quite informative, but I am looking for more. Can anybody tell me where to find this kind of information ? I have started collecting Ukiyo-e and want to learn more about my prints. Thanks for your help.

Many general works on ukiyo-e, e g Richard Lane's Images from the Floating World (Oxford University Press 1978) or Richard Illing's The Art of Japanese Prints (1980, Omega Books 1984), contain at least samples of artists' signatures, date seals, censors' seals etc.

The most comprehensive books on these matters are, not surprisingly, in Japanese. The best work on date seals and censors' seals, that I am aware of, is Ishii Kend˘'s Nishiki-e no kaiin no k˘sh˘ (Tokyo, rev ed 1932, reprinted 1968). Most of the information on these seals, that you will find in European and American books, is probably derived - directly or indirectly - from Ishii Kend˘.

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