墨をする官女 (Court Lady Writing Poetry)
Price: $ 150.00£ 115.00€ 135.00
Description: [Note: This print initially appeared in Dave's 'Beauties of Four Seasons' print collection, and is now being released as a single item for the first time.]
The seal and signature over at the left tell us that this is a design by Yashima Gakutei, creator of some of the finest surimono, and although the exact date of this print is unknown, it would seem to be from the 1820's. Fan-shaped surimono were quite rare, perhaps because of the incongruity involved - fan prints were utterly disposable items, while most surimono were carefully crafted and treasured. We presume though, that the original of this print was never intended to be actually pasted onto a fan ... and we certainly hope that you feel the same way!
The print uses applications of metallic powder to highlight the kimono patterns, and the background roundels are in high-relief karazuri (embossing).
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