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Subject:Toyokuni III kojo surimono-type print
Posted By: Tom Aspden Sat, Oct 21, 2023 IP: 146.199.136.223

Hi,

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!

Tom







Subject:Re: Toyokuni III kojo surimono-type print
Posted By: Tom Aspden Sun, Oct 22, 2023

Sorry, don't know why last photo is the weird shape, here should be one with better dimensions!



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