Pair of Fans


Pair of Fans
Print   (Part of the set: Akashi-ban Surimono)

Totoya Hokkei


Print is Public Domain; Photography is:   Creative Commons License


Two fans (ogi) drift slowly down a stream. One fan features a red, wavelike pattern and a poem, as all the prints in this series do, and the other depicts a yellow potted Adonis plant. This print is therefore the "Yellow" print from the Goshiki Bantsuzuki Ōgi Nagashi (五色番続扇流し, "A Set of Fans on Flowing Water in Five Colors") series of surimono prints by Hokkei. The other colours in the series were blue, white, red, and black. Apparently, this is the leftmost print of a pentaptych with the other four colours - presumably the river pattern links the prints together.

Nunome-zuri, a technique in which a piece of actual cloth is "printed" using a woodblock, has been beautifully used on the lower fan to give some texture to the print.

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