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Subject:Japana ancient print identification
Posted By: Luca Tue, Sep 07, 2021 IP:,165.22

Dear all,

I would like to ask you an help to identify an ancient Japan print and give it a period.

could you kindly help me.

thank you very very much.

Subject:Re: Japana ancient print identification
Posted By: I.Nagy Tue, Sep 07, 2021

Title (Left top),
代二番目 十二月 十二キの所作 
Dai Nibanme Jūnigatsu Jūniki no Shosa
Second (Stage), December, Dance of Twelve Stages
二月 初午 半田稲荷 四月かつほ いさみ商人 坂東三津五郎
First Horse Day of February,(With) April Bonito, Bandō Mitsugorō in role of Isami Merchant

Name cartouche,
豊國画 - Painted by Toyokuni
Censor's mark,
極  - Kiwame - Approved
山藤 - Yamashiroya Toemon (March 1811)

Inscription on flag,
半田稲荷大明神 - Handa Inari Daimyōjin - Handa Inari Shrine

The popularity of Handa Inari Shrine has made it a subject of Kabuki and Kyogen.

With regards,

Subject:Re: Japana ancient print identification
Posted By: Stan Tue, Sep 07, 2021

Your print is by Toyokuni I and was printed in 1813. It is in tough shape. See the link below for a copy at the Waseda University Theater Museum.


URL Title :Toyokuni print

Subject:Re: Japana ancient print identification
Posted By: Horst Graebner Tue, Sep 07, 2021

Siganture: Toyokuni ga (豊国画), i. e. Toyokuni I.
Below: kiwame (極)
Below: gyōji seal “Yamatō“ (山藤) for Yamashiroya Tōemon (山城屋藤右衛門). This kind of gyōji seals were used between 1811 and 1814.
Below: publisher seal: logo “chō“ (長) under double mountain / roof for Hiranoya Chōemon (平野長右衛門).
The depicted actor is Bandō Mitsugorō [III] (坂東三津五郎) in a double role.
The series is a 12 months series, here 2nd and 4th month, daini banme jūni tsuki ki no shosa (第二番目 十二月キの所作)
front: ni tsuki hatsuuma Handa Inari (二月 初午 半田稲荷)
back: yon tsuki uikatsuho isami shōnin (四月 初かつほ いさみ商人)
Play: Sono Omokage Date no Utsushi-e, performed at the Nakamura theatre in 3/1813
Waseda database, inventory number 101-7083
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