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.
Takenouchi no Sukune and the Tide Jewels Surimono - Fantastic surimono design of Takeuchi no Sukune, a legendary grand minister during the reign of Empress Jingu. He was said to have two magic jewels with which he could control the waves of the sea. White-capped waves crash against the rock. The poems reads:
The spring sun, glowing
gently as magic jewels,
shines over peaceful seas
ruled by Takeuchi,
armed with pine and bamboo.
-Mitsu no Hamanari
Rays of spring sunlight
shot from a catalpa bow
melt snow on Mt. Dog God,
creating a dappled effect
like that of a Korean canine.
-Chiyo no Matsuhiko
A dramatic image with excellent detail and light embossing in the waves.
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 - Shigenobu (1787 - 1832)
Image Size - 8 1/2" x 6 3/4"
Condition - This print with good color and detail as shown. Paper remnant on reverse at right edge from previous mounting. Slight toning. Some prints have slight soiling, a few creases, or a few spots. Please see photos for details. Generally in good condition overall.
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