|KEY WORD : art history / paintings|
|Small prints of actors, or genre scenes with actors produced around the mid-19c which bear seals reading shita-uri. During the 1840s when the ban against actor prints was particularly stringent, prints could not be displayed, but were sold under the counter at bookstores. For that reason, a seal bearing the words shita-uri or sold under [the counter] was affixed to draw attention to them.|
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