Re: Identifying a triptich 2


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Posted by Alec W. (174.105.163.103) on September 19, 2019 at 14:33:51:

In Reply to: Re: Identifying a triptich 2 posted by Erik van Vessem on September 19, 2019 at 08:46:17:

Yes, the writing in the white cartouche is the signature, here reading "Kunichika hitsu" ("brush by Kunichika"). The signature is written 國周筆, but the modern way of writing Kunichika's name is国周, and that is what you will typically see in the literature.

The red seal is called a "toshidama" seal, and was used by members of the Utagawa school, particularly Kunisada and his students.

The small white seal with "大" is a publisher seal, here belonging to the publisher Daikokuya Kinzaburō.

The small rectangular seal is a carver seal, here reading "彫工銀" ("Horikō Gin").

The small round seal on the left sheet looks to be a censor seal, though I have not been able to identify this one. Censor seals from this era contained the year and month of publication approval.

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