This Week's Edo Period Corner
Posted 26 July 2012 - 07:36 AM
Posted 26 July 2012 - 08:40 AM
Both are signed Kikugawa Eizan Hitsu.
The top circle seal on both is Kiwame (Censor's approval)
The seal under on print one as discussed.
The seal under on print two is difficult, it may have zodiacal dates in it, but I cannot read it.
The closest shape I can get to the Tangerine like cartouche is one used by a Shin Hanga artist, so of no use.
I'll phone a friend
Posted 27 July 2012 - 09:29 AM
Posted 27 July 2012 - 09:48 AM
Posted 27 July 2012 - 09:53 AM
It's signed Toyokuni.
(There are three signing varients of Toyokuni including Kunisada - Toyokuni III)
Posted 27 July 2012 - 10:14 AM
Posted 27 July 2012 - 12:18 PM
You are probably right about the Chusingura, Piers. The jagged black and white symbol is standard with this story.
And the guy (Lord Asano) is holding the sword wrapped in ricepaper. No wonder he is looking a bit "focused"
Posted 28 July 2012 - 11:12 AM
Thanks again, Piers!
Posted 28 July 2012 - 11:24 AM
http://www.arc.ritsu... ... UP4146.jpg
Posted 28 July 2012 - 12:52 PM
It's close but not exactly the same, could be a recut from older worn blocks.
I can't make the signature out to Kunisada, though it might be Kunisada II.
It was published by Wakasa Ya Yoichi.
Wakasa Ya Yoichi started life as a Censor.
Posted 28 July 2012 - 03:56 PM
Posted 29 July 2012 - 11:21 AM
Posted 30 July 2012 - 05:35 AM
The first rush of entrants has now fallen off apparently, but they are bracing themselves for August and wondering if anything can be tweaked a little to make it more interesting. One problem is that the museum curators are unable to answer questions about Evangelion! All they can talk about is swords, for heaven's sake! :lol:
In our air-conditioned changing room complete with lighting, stage and uma-jirushi, we managed to entertain 175 people through the day by dressing them in genuine Katchu.
Posted 03 August 2012 - 04:57 AM
Came across the Evangelion exhibit pics on Kawasaki-san's facebook page, and I have to say my eyebrows were probably floating above my head they were so arched. Never in a thousand years would I have bet that something like that could happen. I can imagine that it's probably caused a stir in the Japanese nihonto community!
There are a lot of pics here by the way.
I'll reserve any qualitative opinions on the event itself, but I have to at least point out that that Lance of Longinus is a monumental (both literally and figuratively) forging demonstration. If nothing else, the smiths demonstrated no less care and effort in these works than they do in their normal traditional creations.
Posted 03 August 2012 - 05:29 AM
Most of the 'traditional' armor/armour, swords, sheaths etc., on display has been lent by private people around here, and despite some of it conforming strictly to type, much of it is in someway unusual or extraordinary for its age, overstepping the boundaries of convention. I have a dealer friend with an incredible collection of beautiful Koshirae and he lent several, he was saying.
Quick note, my spaceship will soon be passing round the dark side of the moon, so sadly I will not be able to visit here quite so easily for a few weeks...
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