Re: Toy Print

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Posted by Alec W. ( on April 27, 2020 at 03:35:15:

In Reply to: Toy Print posted by Chris Brooks on April 26, 2020 at 19:16:20:

Hi Chris --

It looks to me to say "Kunimasa" 国政 at the top left -- I suspect this means Kunimasa IV (aka Kunisada III), which would date it to perhaps the early 1870s. But I suppose it could be Kunimasa III (aka Kunisada II) and date to the 1840s.

In any event, this print belongs to a genre called "ryōmen-e" ("double-sided picture"). The figures were meant to be pasted to heavier paper, cut out, and pasted back-to-back to create double-sided figurines.

For more information about toy prints, Rebecca Salter's "Japanese Popular Prints" is my recommendation. It also covers genres like medicine prints, newspaper nishiki-e, catfish prints, etc.


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