Posted by Noel Chiappa (126.96.36.199) on May 22, 2015 at 17:38:40:
In Reply to: Utamaro mystery .... posted by Andrew on May 21, 2015 at 03:26:22:
It could be an antique (i.e. artist's lifetime) second printing; it did happen that with very popular prints, sometimes the blocks just wore out, and new blocks were carved. So the paper, ink etc all look 'right', and only careful comparison with a known original can detect the different blocks.
Not saying 'for sure' that this happened here, but it is a good possibility. (It sure looks like an original to me, too...)
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