Two Women and a Servant by a Plum Tree Surimono

by Shinsai (circa 1764 - 1820)

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Two Women and a Servant by a Plum Tree Surimono by Shinsai (circa 1764 - 1820)

Shinsai (circa 1764 - 1820) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Two Women and a Servant by a Plum Tree 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 - Charming surimono design of two beauties strolling beside a blossoming plum tree. A servant accompanies them, prodding at a flowing stream with a slender bamboo pole. One of the women holds a small wooden bullfinch to be exchanged at a shrine for a new one for good luck in the New Year, a ritual known as usokae. Her companion's robe is patterned with bats in flight. Nicely detailed with embossing on the light tan kimono collar and the blue cloth atop the companion's head, with metallic pigment that has oxidized to a dark tone on the obi and kimono. An attractive subject.

Artist - Shinsai (circa 1764 - 1820)

Image Size - 7 5/8" x 6 3/4"

Condition - Good detail. Backed with paper. Small losses at edges, slight curling.

Two Women and a Servant by a Plum Tree Surimono by Shinsai (circa 1764 - 1820)
Two Women and a Servant by a Plum Tree Surimono by Shinsai (circa 1764 - 1820)

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