Bow, Arrows, and Target Surimono

by Shinsai (1764? - 1820)

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Bow, Arrows, and Target Surimono by Shinsai (1764? - 1820)

Original Shinsai (1764? - 1820) Japanese Woodblock Print
Bow, Arrows, and Target Surimono

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Japanese Woodblock 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.

Bow, Arrows, and Target Surimono - Handsome surimono depicting a miniature bow and arrows in a rack beside an indoor target and a ceramic pot with a blossoming bonsai plum tree and pheasant's eye plants. Small ceremonial arrows called hamaya and bows called hamayumi were popular at New Year's, thought to bring good luck and protect against evil forces. Shinto shrines often sell these amulets around the New Year. Because pheasant's eyes flower during the lunar New Year season, they were often used as holiday decorations and were considered auspicious. A rare original early surimono.

Artist - Shinsai (1764? - 1820)

Image Size - 7 3/4" x 7"

Condition - Nice detail. Backed with paper. A couple tiny creases at corners.

Bow, Arrows, and Target Surimono by Shinsai (1764? - 1820)
Bow, Arrows, and Target Surimono by Shinsai (1764? - 1820)

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