Posted by Felix Bridgen on January 20, 1998 at 12:16:36:
I have recently bought a beautiful single sheet oban-sized
Kunisada print depicting a Kabuki actor. I have managed to figure out
the censor seal (Kinugasa Fusajiro) and signature but
am having trouble deciphering the name of the actor or
the historical character he represents.The actor is
represented holding a black wood/lacquer box and behind him a hanging scroll
has the following characters: 1. the less-usual character for child
(JI/NI;ko) which looks like a bit like miru (to see)but
with the kanji meaning sun (as in nihon) rather than eye (me)on top of the 'legs' radical.
2. the kanji meaning thunder (RAI/kaminari) and
3. the classical copula YA/nari/ya which looks like like
the right part of pond (ike) and is used in names like
Tatsuya and Yasushi. I'm sorry I can't explain more easily
but I'm not very good at Japanese! This combination of kanji
is repeated on another part of the print.I would really love
to know whose name or what significance this has.
Thanks so much for your help.
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