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 - Handsome design by the artist Hokkei, who specialized in surimono. A large male pheasant fills the page with a spray of faint pink flowers behind him. The border running across the top features faint images of the takaramono or precious things, such as a magic hat and magic mallet. The calligraphy above the bird offers a poem. A bold image.
Artist - Hokkei (1780 - 1850)
Image Size - 8 3/8" x 6 7/8"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Slight paper remnants on reverse at edges from previous mounting. Light toning, a few creases at edges. Please see photos for details.
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