Arrows and Target Surimono

by Shinsai (1764? - 1820)

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

Original Shinsai (1764? - 1820) Japanese Woodblock Print
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.

Arrows and Target Surimono - Interesting surimono featuring a target for indoor use along with miniature arrows and a small bow. 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 holiday. A rare original early surimono.

Artist - Shinsai (1764? - 1820)

Image Size - 8 7/8" x 7"

Condition - Nice detail. Small loss at corner, repaired. A couple lightly indented lines, small crease.

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

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