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Subject:Help Reading Inscriptions On Japanese Woodblock Print
Posted By: Gary Sun, Mar 05, 2023 IP: 2a00:23c7:d20e:d601:

Can anyone read the inscriptions on this Japanese woodblock print,, the actual image not including the frame and mount measures 33.5cm x 22.5cm, it looks like it's old.

Subject:Re: Help Reading Inscriptions On Japanese Woodblock Print
Posted By: Horst Graebner Mon, Mar 06, 2023

Top right: series title: "Enshoku sugata hana no jūnishi" (艶色姿花乃十二支) - Beautiful appearance of dressed flowers in the 12 branches (months)
right side below:
circular seal: combined date censor seal: "rat 2, aratame" (子二改) [= c. 2/1864, approved]
below artist signature: "nanajūkyū sai Toyokuni hitsu" (七十九歳豊国筆) - painted by the 79 years old Toyokuni [= Utagawa Kunisada I]
left of the signature, top, publisher's logo: "Shōrindō sei" (made by Shōrindō (松栄堂製) [= Fujiokaya Keijirō]
below, carver seal "horishi Kane" (彫子兼) - carver Kane [= Koizume Kangegorō]
"rat 2, aratame" (子二改) [= c. 2/1864]
inset top left signed: "Kunihisa ga"
print should be the "tiger month" [= first month of the lunar calendar​]

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