Ebisu Sharing an Umbrella with a Beauty in the Snow Surimono

by Toyohiro (1773 - 1828)

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Ebisu Sharing an Umbrella with a Beauty in the Snow Surimono by Toyohiro (1773 - 1828)

Toyohiro (1773 - 1828) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Ebisu Sharing an Umbrella with a Beauty in the Snow 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. These fine quality suriomono reprints offer a great way to collect these classic designs at an affordable price.

Comments - A terrific portrait of a young beauty sharing an umbrella on a snowy day with Ebisu, one of Japan's famous Seven Lucky Gods. Ebisu carries a large sea bream in a basket with rope handles. Nicely detailed with embossing on Ebisu's white under robe and the beauty's white kimono collar, and embossed dots at top and bottom to indicate falling snow. The poems by Nomichi no Kisanji reads:

Today, after being snowed in,
as I headed off to Ebisu Shrine,
escorted by a male geisha and
a woman beautiful as Benten,
I bumped into a friend on the way.

Artist - Toyohiro (1773 - 1828)

Image Size - 7 5/8" x 6 7/8"

Condition - Good detail. Backed with paper. Slight curling.

Ebisu Sharing an Umbrella with a Beauty in the Snow Surimono by Toyohiro (1773 - 1828)
Ebisu Sharing an Umbrella with a Beauty in the Snow Surimono by Toyohiro (1773 - 1828)

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