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Subject:Japanese drawing with writings
Posted By: Tony Sun, Jul 26, 2020 IP: 23.243.126.110

Dear friends,
It is a thin piece of paper with drawing and writings in Japanese (?).
It is to much to ask, and I wish to simply know the general meaning of this piece (advertising, artistic, ... purpose)
I greatly appreciate your time and kind help πŸ™πŸ˜ŠπŸ™
Best,
Tony



Subject:Re: Japanese drawing with writings
Posted By: Yura Mon, Jul 27, 2020

This is Kunisada Utagawa

in toshidama cartouche signed - "ni konomi Toyokuni ga" [δ»»ε₯½θ±Šε›½η”»].
See - http://kunisada.de/Liste/kunisada-signature-seal.html
publisher's seal - Sasaya Matabei Marks #453
See - http://www.printsofjapan.com/Publishers.htm
Above, above them is a date seal or a sensor seal.
See - http://mercury.lcs.mit.edu/~jnc/prints/sealdate.html#top
- http://mercury.lcs.mit.edu/~jnc/prints/nanushi.html
- http://mercury.lcs.mit.edu/~jnc/prints/zodiac.html

Sincerelly Yura

Subject:Re: Japanese drawing with writings
Posted By: Stan Mon, Jul 27, 2020

In addition to the information that Yura provided, your Japanese print is of the Actors Sawamura Tanosuke III as Komachi and Sawamura TosshΓ΄ II as Narihira, from the series Comparisons of Lovers, a Collection of Ballads (Koi awase, hauta-zukushi). The Boston MFA has a copy here:

https://collections.mfa.org/objects/471920/actors-sawamura-tanosuke-iii-as-komachi-and-sawamura-tossho?ctx=e9471535-59ee-49f5-9a3b-05b8b66b38d2&idx=60

Cheers,
Stan

Subject:Re: Japanese drawing with writings
Posted By: Tony Mon, Jul 27, 2020

Dear Yura and Stan,
Thank you so so very much for your time and kind helpπŸ™πŸ™πŸ™
The info is very helpful pinpointing the exact identity of the Art piece 😊
I greatly appreciate you both very much!!!
Best,
Tony


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