Re: Question about print


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Posted by John Fiorillo on October 14, 1999 at 00:21:47:

In Reply to: Question about print posted by Grace Crow on October 13, 1999 at 06:17:18:

Grace,

I can only guess at what you have, but it is possible the subject would be women (or courtesans) as representations of the Seven Gods of Good Luck ('shichi fukujin'). The boat would be the 'takarabune' ("Treasure ship") that sails into port at the New Year with the gods and treasures. Pictures of the 'takarabune' were said to bring lucky dreams if placed under or inside wooden pillow head-supports at the New Year.

The fact that your print has nine figures would appear to be inconsistent with the number seven for the gods, but I suspect seven of the females are adults while the remaining two figures are smaller (younger) attendants, which if true would reconcile the numbers.

Many artists designed similar prints on this subject, which was a conventional treatment of the 'shichi fukujin', so I could not say who the artist might be.

The dimensions suggest you have an ˘ban diptych (two sheets) which may or may not be complete as is.

Keep in mind that all this is only be an educated guess as I do not have a picture of your print.

I do not get involved in offering valuations of prints.

John


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