Posted by Noel Chiappa (126.96.36.199) on February 02, 2011 at 20:00:06:
In Reply to: Re: Nobukazu Triptych II posted by Daniel on February 02, 2011 at 09:46:11:
"If his year of death is confirmed ... as 1944, Sh˘wa 23 (1948) would also be quite ... impossible."
Even without the 'external' factors (such as his death, and the overall look of the print), I am increasingly coming to believe, just looking at the characters of the date, that the date has to read 'Meiji'.
If you look at the right-hand radical of the second character of Meiji (治), and that of Shōwa (和) you can see that although both have a box, for the Meiji character it is on the bottom of the right-hand side, and there are other strokes above it. However, for the right-hand radical of the second Shōwa character, it is just a plain box. Now look again at the second character in the date on your print (at the top of the right-hand column): there is clearly more than just a box, there are other strokes above. So I think it has to read 'Meiji'.
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