Jump to content


  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


Malcolm_Old last won the day on April 25

Malcolm_Old had the most liked content!

Community Reputation

1,051 Excellent


About Malcolm_Old

  • Rank
    Sai Jo Saku

Profile Information

  • Gender
  • Location:
    United Kingdom
  1. Good Evening Bazza & Piers, I described it as an oddity, because, three years ago, I had purchased an actual presentation Same. This to me was asatounding. As my main area of knowledge and endeavour involves Pre - Modern European works on paper, I had, at the time, no other source of illustration. During my research then, I only discovered another one in the volume "Sword & Same". Thus, in my experience, which is truly limited, I in my ignorance, described it as an oddity. I sincerely apologise for my inappropriate terminology and offending you as a result. Mea Maxima Culpa I shall not post further here.
  2. Whilst digging around for Bernard's print, I came across this presentation Same print. I include it as an oddity: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3b/%E3%80%8C%E6%9D%BE%E9%A2%A8%E5%8F%B0%E4%B8%83%E7%95%AA%E4%B9%8B%E5%86%85%E6%9F%84%E3%80%8D-%E2%80%9CHilt_of_a_Sword%2C%E2%80%9D_from_the_series_of_Seven_Prints_for_the_Sh%C5%8Dfudai_Poetry_Circle_MET_DP135719.jpg
  3. Good afternoon Bernard, What you have is a really exciting image, it looks like it may be well before the series was finally collated. It's like having an old master drawing with Pentimenti. You have evidence of the Artist's or Printer's hand, and the decision making process. Look Top right on yours: The original title that would be within the rectangular cartouche looks like Ju Go Ban No Uchi 十 五 番 之 内 Whereas the final examples are altered to Ju San Ban No Uchi : 十 三 番 之 内 Here's another from the series when the decision had been made "Ju San Ban No Uchi". https://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/jpd/item/2009615042/ It has the same excitement for me as the Wood Blocks from an Utagawa Kuniyoshi print that are in the archive of the Victoria and Albert Museum. Extremely well found Bernard.
  4. Looks right, Looks to have had an inlay of a Fan Kamon Here's how good they can get:
  5. The original publisher was Ebiya Rinnosuke, and it was originally from 1847, the character depicted was Yata Goroemon Suketake One of the 47. However, I suggest a later impression, because it lacks both text and the various other marks regarding the censorship of the period. Great Image nonetheless. Here's what it should look like: http://www.kuniyoshiproject.com/Stories%20of%20the%20True%20Loyalty%20of%20the%20Faithful%20Samurai,%20Part%20III%20(S54.36-51).htm Top of the list: Inspiring!!
  6. "Besides my love for both nihontō and saké, those are my sentiments exactly: yes, it’s important to learn the basics and technical terms by reading as much on the subject as possible, but that’s never a substitute for looking at swords close up." Just picked up on this. So applicable to many other endeavours Thank you Guido
  7. Here's a fun print by Utagawa Kuniyoshi, themed upon skulls, showing clearly his love of cats: The character depicted is Nozarashi Gosuke: https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/A_2008-3037-07205
  8. Again, thank you Manuel, I have learned something.
  9. Thank you for posting Manuel, I had not encountered L shaped triptychs before. I can't help but wonder if anything is missing from the top left? Here are some more examples, also by Yoshitaki, I wonder if there was a title sheet for the play, or something that could have been redeemed at the time? https://data.ukiyo-e.org/mfa/images/sc144978.jpg https://ukiyo-e.org/image/mfa/sc159444 Here's an example, again by Yoshitaki, which certainly looks as though two parts are missing. https://data.ukiyo-e.org/mfa/images/sc130989.jpg
  10. Hi Pietro, I meant the Suzuki Kinsen, well done! However, if you could identify War and Women, that would be a bonus. Over to you.
  11. Mea maxima culpa Piers, I've spent all the afternoon, but I can't make any connection to an artist. Here's a really powerful, almost Shin Hanga image of Onna Bugeisha with Naginata.: C'MON FOLKS, TELL US WHO THE ARTIST WAS........ While we are at it, here is her legacy at the Nippon Budokan in 2019: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llaUCo2HETw And to reiterate a previous comment of yours: "Would not like to get on the wrong side of them." But it might be amusing to try.......
  12. Hi Piers, I can't make out the signature or the seal on War and Women, I'm not sure that it is Chikanobu? Here's a depiction of Tomoe Gozen by Adachi Ginko c.1880
  13. Hi Piers, I've tracked down the original drawing from which the first print was taken, and it is Tomoe Gozen: Drawn by Kikuchi Yousai 菊池 容斎 1781 -1878
  14. Good morning Piers, Leaving aside the historical character portrayed for a moment. The artist has sealed in tensho script within the Hyotan cartouche it looks like : 半 古 Which I make as Hanko, which leads me to Kajita Hanko (1870-1917): Which leads me to your print which is entitled "Taking a Rest": https://ukiyo-e.org/image/artelino/36304g1 Now to track down the historical figure. I'm going to make a split call: The print above is by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi printed c.1887 Hangaku Gozen - 坂額御前 or The print above is by Gekko printed c.1895 Tomoe Gozen - 巴 御前 I was told that Gozen 御前, being an honourific, not really Lady, but a bit more like a masculine attribute compliment (given the manners of the times)' Does that make sense, or was I yet again the victim of "Make it up to shut the Gaijin up........". Here's a bit of sensationalist journalism: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/2011/10/09/general/women-warriors-of-Japan/#.XqP3nGhKiM8
  • Create New...