Re: unknown signature

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Posted by Lucienne ( on February 15, 2021 at 19:46:44:

In Reply to: unknown signature posted by Francis on February 13, 2021 at 17:57:25:

Francis - It's time I get back to you.

I did find some omocha-e and sugoroku (even by Kunichika). Once in a while they appear on Japanese sites. Basically thesFrancise were cut-out toys so not many survived.

On your print there is a mini window dipicting the finished scene. Pieces seem to be missing to complete the diorama so there must have been additionnal sheets in the set.

The piece with the "signature" is part of the diorama. If you look very carefully you will notice it on the far right of the bamboo knot bridge (just behind the bandit). There is a Yoshu Chikanobu, Jiraiya series entitled Bamboo Knots "Take no hitofushi"
Publication by the Art Gallery NSW

About the text in the cartouche : while going thru Alec's Ukiyo signature database I noticed that the kanji 人 can be translated as "hito".

There is a date in the left margin. I think it might be 1898, 8th month,10th day

year maybe 三 十 一

Although the designers of omocha-e dioramas were highly skilled artists many prints were unsigned especially at the end of the 19th century.

Example of a diorama

Andon 110 autumn 2020:

How to build a diorama

A few diorama kits

Have fun reading

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