unknown 1850s seal shape on book illustr


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Posted by Francis (88.171.47.131) on July 01, 2021 at 21:48:17:

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I have come across several book pages from the 1850s. In each one of them, like in the one I posted, each person has a kanji in a circle printed on some part of his body. Do you know why and what information they are supposed to convey to the reader?
Thanks a lot,
Francis


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