Re: Unknown Prints

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Posted by Tivonit ( on July 15, 2014 at 02:13:55:

In Reply to: Re: Unknown Prints posted by CPS on July 12, 2014 at 14:40:01:

The seal on #178 says "きけう" (kikeu) which is the name of the flower in the print. However, writing it as きけう is interesting - the flower is a Chinese Bellflower, or 桔梗. But the modern pronunciation of 桔梗 is ききょう (kikyou) not きけう (kikeu). The only references I can find to きけう are from the 17th century. I wonder if the artist specifically chose an archaic word for the flower, or if the print could actually be that old.

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