Re: Toyokuni?

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Posted by Noel Chiappa ( on January 24, 2014 at 16:08:50:

In Reply to: Toyokuni? posted by sergey.s.lebedev on January 24, 2014 at 07:01:53:

Definitely Toyokuni III.

First, notice the unusual cartouche around the signature. Kunisada (once he had changed his art-name to Toyokuni) made a habit of signing his prints with his signature inside an elongated oval version of the toshidama (literally, 'New Year's Jewel') seal of the Utagawa school.

Second, look at the paired Nanushi censor seals at the top. (More about censor seals here:

and everyone who's seriously into Japanese prints needs to be familiar with all that.) That dates this print to the period 1847 to 1853.


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