Beauty with a Letter Surimono

by Hokkei (1780 - 1850)

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Beauty with a Letter Surimono by Hokkei (1780 - 1850)

Hokkei (1780 - 1850) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Beauty with a Letter Surimono

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 - Lovely surimono print of a young beauty holding a letter and a brush, an ink stone on the lacquer stand next to her and a planter with pheasant's eye shoots. A square basket on the floor before her holds bamboo shoots, and her yellow kimono is bordered with bamboo leaves. The scene is a parody of one of the famous "Twenty-four Examples of Filial Piety," of the young man Moso (Meng Zong) who digs bamboo shoots for his mother in winter. An attractive image, nicely detailed.

Artist - Hokkei (1780 - 1850)

Image Size - 8 1/2" x 7"

Condition - This print with good detail as shown. Fold across corner, a few spots. Please see photos for details.

Beauty with a Letter Surimono by Hokkei (1780 - 1850)
Beauty with a Letter Surimono by Hokkei (1780 - 1850)

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