Posted by Guy Pepermans (22.214.171.124) on May 18, 2019 at 11:58:33:
In Reply to: ukiyo-e Utamaro Gods of happiness in co posted by Boyko Skole on May 17, 2019 at 21:32:44:
The artist is Utamaro II. IMO, the title reads 'Haru (no) sugata Shichifuku asobi' (春姿七福遊 - The playful Lucky Seven in the mood of early spring). The recatangular sign is the gy˘ji censor seal of Murataya Jir˘bei; therefore the publication date must be ca. 1812. Publisher is Iwatoya Kisabur˘. The print is part of a diptich depicting the Seven Gods of Luck in a naughty mood, together with high ranking courtesans. 'Haru (no) sugata' is also the title of a popular tune, played on the kot˘.
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