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 - Comic surimono image of a fox attempting to catch a woman, using a mousetrap baited with a phallic-looking mushroom. The fox hides behind stacks of grain with a rope in hand, a cloth tied over its head. The beauty grins as she contemplates the trap, her hands held out rather awkwardly before her. Nicely detailed with embossing on the fox's fur. Only the second time we've seen this Utamaro design in reprint.
Artist - Utamaro (1750 - 1806)
Image Size - 8 1/4" x 6 3/4"
Condition - This print with good detail as shown. Some prints have a couple creases at edges or spots. Please see photos for details.
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