by Edo era artist (unsigned)
Japanese Woodblock 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
Comments - Handsome Edo era surimono of a nobleman and two Heian era beauties on an outing to pull pine shoots, a traditional New Year's custom. The beauty in the center holds a pine sprig as she chats with her companions, their long robes trailing onto the ground around them. An elegant carriage waits at left, and a plum tree is covered with blossoms and buds. Clouds frame the scene, with a winding river at upper right. A lovely design, beautifully composed and detailed, with embossed white medallions on the beauty's robe, embossed flowing current lines on the water, and metallic pigment that has oxidized to a dark tone on the clouds.
Artist - Edo era artist (unsigned)
Image Size - 7 5/8" x 7"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. A couple small losses at edge, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, a few creases and spots, slight rubbing at edges. Please see photos for details.
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