Patterns for Carving Tattoos
Patterns for Carving Tattoos.
According to scholar Rômulo Ehalt, “Those are patterns for tattoos. The first kanji is a variant on 黥 (いれずみ).”
According to scholar Gonzalo Sec, “Indeed, they are ‘筋彫り下絵 patterns for carving tattoos’ and with an apparently strong influence from the Kunisada school of Ukiyo-e. Susano no mikoto, Ushiwaka-maru, Kintarou, Watanabe Tsuna and other individuals depicted here are prevalent heroes in the Ukiyo-e world known for their strength.”
According to scholar Mark Teeuwen, “The stamp at the back though reads ‘Western Kyoto, Nishijin, weaving business Hosokawa’ so one might wonder whether these patterns had something to do with the textile industry.”