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.
Ono no Komachi Viewing a Cherry Tree - Lovely surimono print depicting the Heian era poet Ono no Komachi on a deck viewing the blossoming cherry trees. She pauses at the top of the stairs, holding a folding fan behind her head, her long robes trailing across the floor beside her. The portrait is bordered with a floral print on a tan background, with two vertical insets with verses at left. Beautifully detailed with extensive embossing. A handsome design rarely seen in reprint.
Artist - Gakutei (1786 - 1868)
Image Size - 8" x 6 7/8"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Backed with paper. Slight toning and soiling. Please see photos for details.