Posted by Guy Pepermans (126.96.36.199) on November 28, 2018 at 20:46:10:
In Reply to: Can you identify this print? posted by Leslie M on November 27, 2018 at 20:50:19:
The text in the cartouche reads:
霜月晦日 常樂院文僊光徳信士 行年二十人
Shimotsuki misoka – Jôkaku-in Bunsen Kôtoku shinji – kônen nijűnin
Received the Buddhist honorary name of Bunsen Kotoku at the Jokaku at the last day of the eleventh month of the lunar calendar temple, age of death twenty years.
The poem is probably signed 'Mojitayű' (文字大夫), a name related to Tokiwazu reciters in Kabuki. So I think that this shini-e is the portrait of a Takiwazu reciter who died at the young age of twenty.
Paul Griffith could confirm if I’m right or not.
Question remains also if this is the signature of Toyokuni I or Toyokuni II.
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