Subject:Toyokuni III kojo surimono-type print
Posted By: Tom Aspden Sat, Oct 21, 2023 IP: 188.8.131.52
I have this print of Danjuro VIII (I presume) making a speech with Iwai Kumesaburo and another Ichikawa actor. I realised it uses some metallic pigments in the sword fittings and the very faint text that is printed on the blue background. I wondered if it was possible to glean any information about the prints from what is legible when a light is shone across the text? I thought it was maybe a new years print as the fern decoration is similar to a Hiroshige New Year surimono of Danjuro VII.
Also there appears to be a strange symbol in the top left of picture 3 which doesn't look like a japanese character?
I realise discerning certain bits will be quite difficult, so there no need to struggle with those!
Thanks for your time and input!