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Subject:Japanese Woodblock signature
Posted By: JJ Mon, Aug 16, 2021 IP:

Dear Forum,

Is anyone able to translate this signature on a Japanese Woodblock print?

Thanks in advance and much appreciated

Subject:Re: Japanese Woodblock signature
Posted By: Horst Graebner Tue, Aug 17, 2021

The signature reads "Kunisada aratame nidai Toyokuni ga" (国貞改二代豊国画), "Kunisada changed his name to Toyokuni II", a signature used by Kunisada I in 1844. The censor seal is Fukatsu "普" (Fukatsu Ihei), the publisher's logo is Mori (森) (Moriya Jihei).
The print to which this signature belongs is the left sheet of a musha-e triptych.

Subject:Re: Japanese Woodblock signature
Posted By: I.Nagy Tue, Aug 17, 2021

國貞改二代 - Kunisada aratame ni-dai - Kunisada Changing His Name to the Second
豊國画   - Toyokuni-ga - Painted by Toyokuni

Censor's seal (Upper),
普     - Fu - Fukatsu Ihei 普勝伊兵衛 - Used between 1842 - 1847

Publisher's mark (Lower),
Moriya Jibee 森谷治兵衛 

With regards,
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