Re: Kiwame seals during the Meiji era?


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Posted by Horst Graebner (83.252.64.52) on June 16, 2020 at 11:51:45:

In Reply to: Kiwame seals during the Meiji era? posted by Hans Olof Johansson on June 16, 2020 at 11:30:54:

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Hello!

After discussing a special print from Utagawa Toyonobu's “Shinsen taikōki” series with Irwin Lavenberg, I took a closer look at this seal (previously I had “overlooked” it because I thought it was the seal of an unidentified printer). The seal can be found in slightly different forms on approximately half of all prints in the series. I now think that it is a kiwame seal (極) (see also: https://books.google.de/books?id=78jGBgAAQBAJ&pg=PA192&lpg=PA192&dq=seal++%22+%E6%A5%B5%22&source=bl&ots=KXcm0_FLj8&sig=ACfU3U0sGDI7AAY7Cd_Rt7i_oZIAob9N1w&hl=de&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiXlJPPuYPqAhUxZxUIHXdGDzAQ6AEwD3oECAgQAQ#v=onepage&q=seal%20%20%22%20%E6%A5%B5%22&f=false ).

I haven't noticed any other comparable prints from the Meiji period with this seal and I have never read anything about the fact that it was still used after the Tenpō reforms.

Does anyone have any other ideas for reading the seal? Or, if it is a “kiwame”, about the use of the seal during the Meiji period?

Thanks for your opinion!

Horst



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