Turtle-shaped Purse and Origami Crane Surimono

by Shinsai (circa 1764 - 1823)

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Turtle-shaped Purse and Origami Crane Surimono by Shinsai (circa 1764 - 1823)

Shinsai (circa 1764 - 1823) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Turtle-shaped Purse and Origami Crane 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 - Lovely surimono print of a purse in the shape of a turtle, with a patchwork of fabrics representing the hexagonal plates on the shell, and small red ribbons as the legs. The fringe on the bottom edge simulates long moss growing from the turtle's back, a symbol of longevity. Turtles with this moss are known as "minogame" or "straw-raincoat turtles" for the resemblance to a traditional Japanese straw raincoat, and are considered lucky. An origami crane rests beside the bag. Wonderful embossed detail to create the lines of the crane and patterning on the purse. A charming image.

Artist - Shinsai (circa 1764 - 1823)

Image Size - 8 3/4" x 7 3/4"

Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Light toning and spotting. Please see photos for details.

Turtle-shaped Purse and Origami Crane Surimono by Shinsai (circa 1764 - 1823)
Turtle-shaped Purse and Origami Crane Surimono by Shinsai (circa 1764 - 1823)

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