Posted by Hans Olof Johansson (188.8.131.52) on February 22, 2017 at 11:52:13:
In Reply to: print identification posted by william lacey on February 18, 2017 at 17:05:04:
Your print is not a typical ukiyo-e print, and I can't recall seeing anything like it before. The large kanji character is 樂, probably pronounced "gaku" or "raku" and meaning "music" or "pleasure".
In the right margin there is some information that you normally find on 19th century ukiyo-e prints. Unfortunately a piece of the margin has been torn off in the upper part, where what appears to be a signature, ending with the character 画 ("ga" - "painted by"), is only partly visible.
Fuerther down the combination of the circular "aratame" seal and the oval date seal ("Tiger 2") indicates that the print was published in the spring of 1854.
In the bottom right corner you find the publisher's mark of Yamamoto-ya Heikichi.
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