Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Crow on a Torii Gate 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.
- In the 20th century, artists and publishers collaborated to recreate famous woodblock prints for interested Japanese collectors and Westerners looking for rare designs. New blocks were made, and the prints were painstakingly printed by artisan printers in the same method as the 19th century originals - one block for each color. Woodblock reprints were an opportunity to collect and enjoy a famous design at a small fraction of the price of an original. They still are today.
Comments - Terrific image of a crow perched on the torii gate of a shrine, with a bold red sun behind it. The bird is silhouetted in black against the red orb, its beak is open as it caws. A rugged pine tree with clusters of dark green needles fills the space behind the gate. Nicely detailed with embossed feathers and embossed horizontal lines across the background behind the sun. A striking surimono design, seldom seen in reprint.
Artist - Edo era artist (unsigned)
Image Size - 8 1/4" x 7 1/8" + bottom margin as shown
Condition - This print with good color and detail as shown. Paper remnant on reverse at right edge from previous mounting. Slight toning. Some prints have slight soiling, a few creases, or a few spots. Please see photos for details. Generally in good condition overall.