by Hokkei (1780 - 1850)
A Series for the Mutsumigawa
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.
Robe with a Rabbit and Wave Design Surimono - Handsome still life surimono design by artist Hokkei, who specialized in surimono. A beautiful kimono decorated with a wild rabbit and stylized waves hangs on a stand next to a checked obi, both garments detailed with delicate embossing. A lacquer tobacco chest rests on the floor nearby. The heading and verse by Ittei Hajime reads:
Women Gathering to Take Delight in Omens
If peaks in the direction
of Mt. Fuji and Mt. Tsukuba
are now blanketed in mist,
it is then better that I don't
sleep in such robes.
An intriguing print, nicely detailed.
Artist - Hokkei (1780 - 1850)
Image Size - 8 3/8" x 6 7/8"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. A couple small holes, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, a few light creases at edges, slight ink offsetting. Please see photos for details. Good overall.