Subject:Re: Please read Kyosai(?) seal.
Posted By: peter Tue, Dec 15, 2020
I am not surprised nobody posted something regarding your seal. Its too strange.
But in my opinion a seal is not an important reference for authentication, especially it is taken from a list. For none of the compiled seals there, we do know the origin and whether it is a correct reproduction. Often those seals are only copied from other older reference books and show even old woodblock reproductions. The value of such a list can not go further than "someone has seen a seal like that already".
A reference can only be a painting of a close subject that allows to compare the brushwork and characters of a painter. And a reference should be at least equally good. So in the end all comes down to quality.
I am also working on a Kyousai painting at the moment that has the rare owl seal. But if you compare that to the list of your link, you quickly can see not only that there is no exact match. The seal in the painting is simply much better, more accurate, better readable. If you dont beleave me I can send you a photo. My seal is not only coming with better calligraphy, its set on an excellent artwork with an complex composition. Now which one should I believe in?
This is the same with your painting. Though small the composition is complex and full of live. Many details are so excellent! The left hand on the edge of go board. The movement of the stone hand catched with the powerful brushwork. Many details also reveal the vivid phantasy of a great painter. The pants of the left figure have a face!
And than, a painter known for his thorough appraoch and the love of seal cutting, adds a seal that seems to mean something but dosent. We can not read it. But do they play really go? The board looks weard too. And this is of course, (always all details in good painters works are there on purpose!) what Kyousai had seen.
In Hell things seem to run in a different way, why should we be surprised, that we cant read the seal on this report from a place we dont know (yet)?