Hokkei (1780 - 1850) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Couple at Enoshima 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.
Comments - Beautiful surimono depicting a couple arriving at the torii gate leading to the temple at Enoshima. The beauty adjust the protective cloth wrapped around her hairstyle as she pauses at the foot of the stairs, a walking stick in hand. Her companion hunches forward, smoking a pipe, a bundle wrapped in red cloth tied over his shoulders. The snow-capped peak of Mt. Fuji can be seen beneath the bars of the torii gate, rendered in embossed detail only. A lovely design with additional embossing on the clouds and white kimono trim, and metallic gold pigment that has oxidized to a dark tone on the undulating water at left.
Artist - Hokkei (1780 - 1850)
Image Size - 8 1/8" x 7 1/8"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Toning, slight soiling, a few creases and small raised bumps. Please see photos for details.