Courtesan and Monkey Surimono

by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)

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Courtesan and Monkey Surimono by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)

Hokusai (1760 - 1849) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Courtesan and Monkey Surimono

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 - Charming surimono design by Hokusai of a courtesan offering a trained monkey a gold coin as it reaches down from its perch on a raised platform, its trainer standing beside her. Blossoming plum branches add a colorful note to the background. A rarely seen subject.

Artist - Hokusai (1760 - 1849)

Image Size - 8"x 7"

Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Toning, slight soiling, a few creases. Please see photos for details.

Courtesan and Monkey Surimono by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)
Courtesan and Monkey Surimono by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)

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