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 - Terrific surimono design of a monkey dressed in a patterned red kimono and a tall court cap. Over his shoulder, he carries a wooden wand with bundles of paper attached to it, used for Shinto purification rituals. Wonderful fine line work in the fur, with embossing and burnishing on the black cap, and accents of silver and gold mica.
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 - Shinsai (circa 1764 - 1823)
Image Size - 8 7/8" x 7 7/8"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight toning and soiling, a few spots. Please see photos for details.