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 - Fantastic design by the artist Hokkei, who specialized in surimono. A large male pheasant fills the page with bright plumage on his back and a spray of grasses and delicately embossed flowers behind him. The border running across the top features images of the takaramono or precious things, such as a magic hat and magic mallet. The calligraphy above the bird offers a poem. A lovely, classic piece.
Artist - Hokkei (1780 - 1850)
Image Size - 8 3/8" x 7"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Paper remnant on reverse at side from previous album inclusion. Slight toning. Some prints have slight soiling at edges, or a few spots or creases. Please see photos for details. Generally in good condition overall.