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 Hokusai surimono design of a beauty and two men in a parody of Japan's beloved Seven Lucky Gods. The man at left holding a tobacco pouch represents Daikoku, the beauty stands in for the goddess Benten, and the man at right holding a sake cup and folding fan is meant to be Ebisu. A folding screen behind them features a view of Mt. Fuji. An attractive design.
Artist - Hokusai (1760 - 1849)
Image Size - 8 1/4" x 7 1/8"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Light toning, a few tiny spots. Please see photos for details.