摺物 (Surimono)

Designer: Hiroshige | Carver: David Bull | Printer: David Bull

Paper size: 11cm by 15cm | Enlargement | Shipping Code: [HC] ? | Currency: $ / £ /

Price: $ 40.00£ 32.25€ 36.75

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Description: Playing various games based on the famous Hyakunin Isshu (‘100 Poems from 100 Poets’) is a long-standing tradition at the new year in Japan, and every family has a set of these poetry cards. Not many modern sets are as beautiful as the one depicted in this print though, with each poem drawn in beautiful calligraphy, and the set stored in a padded lacquer box. This must have been a very expensive item back in the early 1800’s! Ando Hiroshige was commissioned by a poetry group to create a gift print for the new year of 1833, and this is what he came up with. I am sure he would be pleased to see his design performing the same function, nearly 200 years later!

In addition to the general delicacy of the carving, this print uses a couple of special printing techniques: karazuri (empty printing) to produce an imitation fabric texture on the background of the print and the ‘cloth’ cover of the box, and sho-men-zuri (front rubbing), where the printer’s baren is rubbed on the front of the print to create a glossy effect in imitation of a lacquered box.

I hope you enjoy this beautiful print!

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