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 - Wonderful surimono of a fan patterned with a magnificent peacock design. The circular inset at left shows a beauty holding a folding fan. The peacock and woman's face are beautifully drawn with delicate lines. A lovely subject. The poem by Asanoya Naonari reads:
Along with the birds
hopping to and fro, the sun's
long tail-feather rays
bring out the golden luster
of this jeweled first day of spring.
Artist - Gakutei (1786 - 1868)
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.