Posted by Alec W. (220.127.116.11) on May 09, 2022 at 01:26:25:
In Reply to: Artist's name posted by Vicky on May 08, 2022 at 22:53:27:
The text at right is not a signature, but rather the name of ancient Chinese military strategist Han Xin (Japanese: "Kanshin") 韓信. The design depicts a famous story about Han Xin, play-acted by children.
"On another occasion, a hooligan saw Han Xin carrying a sword and challenged him to either kill him or crawl between his legs. Han Xin knew that he would become a criminal if he killed him, so instead of responding to the taunts, he crawled between the hooligan's legs and was laughed at."
I take the seal at bottom right to be an artist's seal, but I do not know it; I believe it starts with "玉" but I don't recognize the left character.
The seal at bottom left belongs to Kyoto publisher Uchida 内田 (seal reading: "Uchida hanmoto" うちだ 版元), founded 1919.
Here's an ukiyo-e treatment of the same story:
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