Beauty Playing a Hand Drum Surimono

by Katsushika Hokuun (Edo era)

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Beauty Playing a Hand Drum Surimono by Katsushika Hokuun (Edo era)

Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Beauty Playing a Hand Drum Surimono

Surimono - Surimono are an exclusive subcategory of Japanese woodblock prints. Poetry clubs commissioned these designs for distribution to a small audience of members, most often as New Year's greetings. These privately published images included a wonderful range of subjects and lavish printing techniques such as embossing, burnishing, and metallic pigments. Since surimono were not sold commercially, the print runs were very small and original Edo era surimono are incredibly rare in the market today.

During the 1890s, publishers reprinted some of the most popular designs by famous artists like Hokkei, Gakutei, Hokusai and others. In keeping with the surimono tradition, the Meiji printings were equally exquisite, printed with the finest inks and embellished with embossing, lacquered pigments, and other design features. In some cases, the original Edo era prints no longer exist, making the Meiji reprints the only record of these subjects. These fascinating and beautifully printed images continue to delight collectors today.

Comments - Attractive surimono image of a shirabyoshi dancer playing a hand drum over her shoulder. The beauty wears a black vest patterned with birds in flight over a plum colored kimono patterned with silver mica pine branches. Nicely detailed with embossing on the birds' feathers and the pink collar, and accents of metallic pigment that have oxidized to a dark tone.

Artist - Katsushika Hokuun (Edo era)

Image Size - 8" x 7 1/4"

Condition - Nice color and detail. A few small repairs at edges.

Beauty Playing a Hand Drum Surimono by Katsushika Hokuun (Edo era)
Beauty Playing a Hand Drum Surimono by Katsushika Hokuun (Edo era)

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