Mystery Kuniyoshi-school artist

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Posted by Alec W. ( on June 17, 2020 at 05:48:33:

I've recently come into possession of a slightly tattered print bearing a Kuniyoshi-school "kiri" seal and a signature I cannot identify. The print has a combined date-aratame seal for 1866/3, and a signature that I have interpreted as "花 盛楼画", perhaps "Hana Seirō ga"? Perhaps a student of Yoshimori???

Full scan here:

The publisher is Nōshūya Yasubei, who published designs by a number of Kuniyoshi students.

The subject of the design is a mystery to me as well -- the date 1864/3/4 is prominently featured, and the title seems to be "海量信士 霊佛", which I have not found a satisfactory interpretation for. As for the image: a crowd of people seen from the back, looking at some bamboo poles? What does it mean?

As always, any insights greatly appreciated!


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