Toyokwa Hikokuni Siganture

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Posted by Guy Pepermans ( on February 04, 2020 at 17:18:48:

Interesting specimen of a signature by the Osaka designer Toyokawa Hikokuni (豊川彦国, active 1821-24).
Normally, Toyokawa Hikokuni’s signature is written in the way mentioned above. However, two prints related to a kabuki performance during the 1st month 1822 have an alternative signature. There, the first two kanji are in cursive and derived from the characters 飛 (hi) and 古 (ko). So, the name Hikokuni is spelled as 飛古国.
Notice also the ‘kiwame’ censor’s seal on this Osaka print.



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