Posted by Alec W. (220.127.116.11) on June 19, 2018 at 03:40:33:
In Reply to: Who is the artist? posted by Robb on June 17, 2018 at 19:39:20:
So the text on the side reads 「岩佐又兵衛筆盆踊★」(I'm not sure of the last character). I take that to mean that it's a design by 17th-century artist Iwasa Matabei, and that the activity depicted is Bon odori, a festival dance to welcome the spirits of the dead.
I haven't found an image of an original painting to confirm this, but I found a Japanese-language site with a couple of postcard-size reproductions of old designs; one is another version of yours, the other a Moronobu design; see attached image.
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