by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)
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 - Intriguing surimono portrait of the mythical sage Shinno (Shennong in Chinese), considered to be deity in China. He wears a coat made of leaves, clasping his hands together as he sits on rock. He has bump on his head resembling horns, and his finger- and toenails are long and pointed. His takara-no-tsuba or treasure jar rests on a rustic tray before him. Beautifully detailed with fine line work, and embossing on the jar and the white under robe. Rarely seen in reprint.
Woodblock reprints - In the 20th century, artists and publishers collaborated to recreate famous woodblock prints for interested Japanese collectors and Westerners looking for rare designs. New blocks were made, and the prints were painstakingly printed by artisan printers in the same method as the 19th century originals - one block for each color. Woodblock reprints were an opportunity to collect and enjoy a famous design at a small fraction of the price of an original. They still are today.
Artist - Hokusai (1760 - 1849)
Image Size - 8 1/8" x 7 1/4"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Slight toning. Please see photos for details.