Unsigned / Unknown Artist (1600 - Present)

There are some works that arrive in our collection by unknown artists, while there are others that may lack a signature, but can be attributed to a known artist after careful research. Certain genres, such as Meiji-period photography and shunga (erotic prints) frequently fall into this second category. It is difficult to identify early photographers because photography studios did not include credits in souvenir albums, many of which featured numerous photographers. In addition, photographers often bought the negatives of others and reproduced them as a part of their own portfolio. When attempting to make attributions, photographs with no credits are compared to the few that have attributions. Turning to shunga, nearly all ukiyo-e artists produced erotic prints, yet these prints are often unsigned to avoid trouble with the law. For these works, attributions are generally made based on stylistic analysis.

Posthumous Editions & Reprints

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18th Kabuki (Danjuro)

Unsigned / Unknown Artist

18th Kabuki (Danjuro)

JPR-207843

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Father and Son of Kusunoki Family

Unsigned / Unknown Artist

Father and Son of Kusunoki Family

JPR-207841

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Daruma

Unsigned / Unknown Artist

Daruma

JPR-207840

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Danjuro

Unsigned / Unknown Artist

Danjuro

JPR-207839

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Yamato Takeru no Mikoto

Unsigned / Unknown Artist

Yamato Takeru no Mikoto

JPR-207838

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Dragon

Unsigned / Unknown Artist

Dragon

JPR-207837

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Kite Flying

Unsigned / Unknown Artist

Kite Flying

JPR5864

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Dragonfly

Unsigned / Unknown Artist

Dragonfly

JP1-51745

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