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 - Unusual surimono portrait of a deity or perhaps a beauty in the guise of a deity. The very tall head suggests that the figure may represent the Lucky God Fukurokuju, who is typically depicted with an elongated forehead, but we are not sure. A red robe is draped around the figure, outlined with bold calligraphic line work. The first time we've seen this subject.
Artist - Edo era artist (not read)
Image Size - 8 3/8" x 6 3/4"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight soiling at edges. Please see photos for details.
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