Toyohiro (1773 - 1828) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Ebisu Sharing an Umbrella with a Beauty in the Snow 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 - A terrific portrait of a young beauty sharing an umbrella on a snowy day with Ebisu, the God of Good Fortune. Ebisu carries a large sea bream in a basket with rope handles. Lovely embossed detail on Ebisu's white robe. The poems by Nomichi no Kisanji reads:
Today, after being snowed in,
as I headed off to Ebisu Shrine,
escorted by a male geisha and
a woman beautiful as Benten,
I bumped into a friend on the way . . .
-Nomichi no Kisanji
Artist - Toyohiro (1773 - 1828)
Image Size - 8 3/8" x 7"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Paper remnant on reverse at side from previous album inclusion. Slight toning. Some prints have slight soiling at edges, or a few spots or creases. Please see photos for details. Generally in good condition overall.