Re: Print Identification

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Posted by Hans Olof Johansson ( on September 17, 2015 at 18:36:03:

In Reply to: Print Identification posted by Christine on September 16, 2015 at 19:52:11:


It is indeed a Kuniyoshi print. However, it's a bit of a mystery to me as it - contrary to what you would expect - doesn't carry a title or a publisher's mark.

The black and white pattern surrounding the picture indicates that the print belongs to a series depicting scenes from the famous play "Kanadehon Chūshingura" about the 47 faithful samurai. The combination of the two censors' seals Magomi and Hama (together with the absence of a date seal) tells us that the print was most probably published between 1849 and 1851.

In this period Kuniyoshi seems to have designed a number of different Chūshingura series. Above is a diptych representing the first act of the play, published in 1849 - a composition very similar to your print.

Best regards,
Hans Olof

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