Posted by Woody Blockhead (18.104.22.168) on November 12, 2020 at 12:32:44:
In Reply to: Artist identity posted by Chris Brooks on November 01, 2020 at 17:34:42:
A little late to the game here, but the second character is 水 in its calligraphic form. So 玉水 / Gyokusui. Kamigata area fits the style and production method (and there was a line of artists there who took 玉 in their names.)
This type of print is a practical use (rather than for-display) item, most likely an envelope or wrapper. This is suggested not only by the roughness of the design and production, but also by the many paper folds.
I suppose we'd classify it more as "paper ephemera" than an art print, but it's another example that points out that woodblock printing in the Edo era was used for much, much more than "art" as we define it.
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