Source, translation of inscription, artist, and other works
January 19, 2013 12:00 PM Subscribe
Can my Japanese-reading MeFite base shed some light on this delightful image?
posted by mwhybark to Media & Arts (12 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
The image shows an ukiyo-e style painting or print depicting Ken Griffey Jr. at bat in a 1987 to 1992 Mariners uniform, cropped tight around shoulders and head, with the Japanese rising sun framing his head in the manner of a halo. I would guess the image is intended to represent Greffey in his rookie season, 1989.
At top left there is a two-part inscription in fliud calligraphy and another breifer one at lower right, accompanied by a red stamp or an image element designed to resemble one.
I am hoping the hive mind knows:
who the artist is
if the work was part of a series
if a part of a series, viewable URLs of other images from it
what the inscriptions say
if the work is an actual woodblock print, a single watercolor, or some other print medium
In particular, I am curious about the use of the sun as a design element. I had thought the era of Japanese interest in Seattle baseball began later.
Thanks for your thoughts.